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'Like to the Damask Rose' is a poem either by Francis Quarles called '"Hos ego versiculos"',[http://www.luminarium.org/sevenlit/quarles/hosego.htm Francis Quarles: 'Hos ego versiculos' in the Oxford Book of Seventeenth Century Verse] or by Simon WastellSimon Wastell (1560-1635), headmaster of the Free School at Northampton called 'The flesh profiteth nothing'.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" It was set to music by the English composer Edward Elgar in 1892.

The song, together with 'Through the Long Days', was first performed by Charles Phillips in St. James's Hall on 25 February 1897.

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'.


Elgar made a few changes to the original words.


*[http://www.emusic.com/album/The-Works-Songs-Piano-Music-By-Edward-Elgar-MP3-Download/11044195.html Songs and Piano Music by Edward Elgar] has "Like to the Damask Rose" performed by Amanda Pitt (soprano), with David Owen Norris (piano).

*[https://web.archive.org/web/20081121200306/http://www.elgarfoundation.org/trolleyed/2/12/40/index.htm Elgar: Complete Songs for Voice & Piano] Konrad Jarnot (baritone), Reinild Mees (piano)

*[http://www.mvdaily.com/articles/2000/02/somm220.htm 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)

*Kennedy, Michael, 'Portrait of Elgar' (Oxford University Press, 1968)

*Moore, Jerrold N. Edward Elgar: a creative life (Oxford University Press, 1984)

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