Historic Sheet Music Collection

Title

The Rosary

Document Type

Score

Publication Date

1903

Comments

The Rosary

(Le Chapelet: Der Rosenkranz)

For Soprano or Tenor (E flat)

Words by Robert Cameron Rogers

French version by Isadore Martinez.

German version by Dr. Th. Baker.

English, French, and German text set to music by Ethelbert Nevin.

Boston: The Boston Music Co.: G. Schirmer Jr. (1903)

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Lyrics:

[English]
The house I spent with thee, dear heart,
Are as strong as a string of pearls to me;
I count them over ev’ry one apart,
My rosary, my rosary!

Each hour a pearl, each pearl a prayer
To still a heart in absence wrung:
I tell each bead unto the end,
And there a Cross is hung.

O, memories that bless and burn!
O, barren gain and bitter loss!
I kiss each bead, and strive at last to learn
To kiss the Cross, sweetheart! to kiss the Cross.

[French]
Nos heures intimas, O ma chre,
Me semblent comme un fil perle;
Je fais en le repassant, ma priere,
C’est de ma vie le chapelet!

Pour calmer ma douleur amere,
Je prie, en les contant, pour toi;
Mais a la din de mon rosaire Je trouve une croix!

O souvenirs plains de regrets!
O ben heur vain! O triste joie!
Je baise perle a perle mon chapelet,
Afin depprendre baiser la croix.

[German]
die Stunden, dir allein geweiht,
mir ist wie Perlen ihr Glanz,
Ichzahle sie gar oft in Einsamkeit: mein
Rosenkranz, mein rosenkrnz

Und jede Perle ein gebet
fur’s herz, das sich nur sehnen kann;
ich sag’ sie bis an’s ende her:
da hangt ein Kreuz daran!

Erinn’rung, freudund leidenvoll!
oder Gewinn des Herzens du!
Die Perlen kuss ichob ich kussen soll
das Kreuz dazu?
Liebchen! Das Kreuz dazu?

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