A Rose Unpetalled

This hymn is based on a poem, La Rose effeuillée, written in French by religious sister, now saint, Thérèse of Lisieux (1873–1897).

It was translated by English writer, Anglican priest and later Roman Catholic convert Fr Ronald Knox (1888-1957).

The song was recorded by Irish tenor Frank Patterson (1938 – 10 June 2000) in his album Faith of our Fathers which was released in 1997, and included in his compilation Sacred Songs of Ireland released in 1999.  No information about the tune or sheet music has been located for this version.

It was also recorded on the album Angels and Saints at Ephesus produced by the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles in 2013. A different tune, attributed to the Benedictines of Mary, was used for this. Sheet music for it can be purchased directly from their website. (Delivery by email, includes permission to make unlimited copies.)



No on-line examples have been found. Please leave a message in the comments box near the bottom of the page if you know where one is.


The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they, and the text of the original poem, are currently available on this website. The song has three versea and a rough outline is:
Jesus, to aid thy feeble powers,
I see thy Mother’s arms outspread,
.... Thy feet, so light, may softly rest. …

Dear Infant Christ, this fallen rose ...

For love of Loveliness supreme ....

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