Like to the Damask Rose
”Like to the Damask Rose” is a poem either by Francis Quarles called "Hos ego versiculos", or by Simon Wastell called “The flesh profiteth nothing”. It was set to music by the English composer Edward Elgar in 1892.
It was first published (Tuckwood, Ascherberg) in 1893, and re-published by Boosey in 1907 as one of the Seven Lieder of Edward Elgar, with English and German words.
The 'damask rose' (Damascus rose) of the title is the common name of Rosa × damascena, a hybrid rose.
Elgar made a few changes to the original words.
English - Elgar's lyrics
LIKE TO THE DAMASK ROSE
German words by Ed. Sachs
GLEICH WIE DER ROTEN ROSE PRACHT
- Songs and Piano Music by Edward Elgar has "Like to the Damask Rose" performed by Amanda Pitt (soprano), with David Owen Norris (piano).
- Elgar: Complete Songs for Voice & Piano Konrad Jarnot (baritone), Reinild Mees (piano)
- The Songs of Edward Elgar SOMM CD 220 Neil Mackie (tenor) with Malcolm Martineau (piano), at Southlands College, London, April 1999
- Banfield, Stephen, Sensibility and English Song: Critical studies of the early 20th century (Cambridge University Press, 1985) ISBN 0-521-37944-X
- Kennedy, Michael, Portrait of Elgar (Oxford University Press, 1968) ISBN 0-19-315414-5
- Moore, Jerrold N. “Edward Elgar: a creative life” (Oxford University Press, 1984) ISBN 0-19-315447-1
- Francis Quarles: Hos ego versiculos in the Oxford Book of Seventeenth Century Verse
- Simon Wastell (1560-1635), headmaster of the Free School at Northampton
- Stephen Banfield (Sensibility and English Song: Critical studies of the early 20th century) gives the source as "anon. or Francis Quarles, also attrib. Simon Wastell"
- Original: "as"
- Original: "the"
- Original: "to"
- Original: "and"