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Go, Lovely Rose! - Cooper Aiken

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Published on May 23, 2012

This is a piece that I wrote for my high school choir director Mrs. Lee Brasche, who has left such an impact on my life. Go, Lovely Rose is my setting of the commonly set poem by Edmund Waller (b. 1606). It is for TTBB chorus and piano, and is dedicated with the utmost love and respect to Lee Brasche.

Premiered May 18, 2012 at Chapin United Methodist Church by the Chamber Choir men of the 2012 and 2013 Chamber Choirs.

Text:
GO, lovely Rose—
Tell her that wastes her time and me, That now she knows,
When I resemble her to thee,
How sweet and fair she seems to be. Tell her that 's young,
And shuns to have her graces spied, That hadst thou sprung
In deserts where no men abide,
Thou must have uncommended died. Small is the worth
Of beauty from the light retired: Bid her come forth,
Suffer herself to be desired,
And not blush so to be admired. Then die—that she
The common fate of all things rare May read in thee;
How small a part of time they share
That are so wondrous sweet and fair!

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