Go, Lovely Rose

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Trombone Octet / Choir – 4 1/2 min [completed 2006]

  • Version available in Bb, high note C (recording below)
  • Version available in Db, high note Eb (recording here)

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Instrumentation: 6 Tbn, 2 Bass Tbn. *In Db version, Tbn 1/2 available in Tenor and Alto Clef.


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 died-and gone
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!

— Edmund Waller

Supporing media for ‘Version in Bb’

Recording: May 18, 2010, College-Conservatory of Music Trombone Choir (University of Cincinnati), Nathan Siler (conductor)