For all lovers of all things Cornish...
Welcome! I have been singing this lovely song for years, ever since I moved to Cornwall in 1978, and I have loved it ever since. I think I first learned it when I was a guest singer with
Wadebridge Male Voice Choir, with my friend, Rachel Daniel.
Later on, after many sing outs at concerts and chapel suppers, I recorded it and you can hear it on my CD
I was very moved to be told that this song was one of the ones loved by the Cornish Hero of the 9/11 atrocity, Cornwall's own Rick Rescorla.
I was even more moved, and very honoured, when my singing of it was played at a 2004 memorial service for 9/11 victims and their families at The Raptor Trust in Millington, New Jersey. Here it is for those of you who would like to sing it too. If you want
to learn it, I have included an audio track underneath my photo. Imagine it sung by a Cornish male voice choir, and you will have the best sound you can imagine! Oggy Oggy.
I love the White Rose in its splendour,
I love the White Rose in its bloom
I love the White Rose, so fair as it grows
Its the Rose that reminds me of you.
The first time I met you my darling
Your face was as red as the rose.
But now your dear face has grown paler,
You're as pale as the lily white rose.
You're fair as the Spring, oh my darling,
Your face shines so bright, so divine,
The fairest of blooms in life's garden,
Oh lily white rose, your are mine.
The years pass so quickly, my darling,
Each makes you more precious to me,
So long may we live close together,
Oh lily white rose, cling to me.
I add here some tracks, as my own tribute to Rick Rescorla and all those brave souls who lost their lives in the tragedy of 9/11
There, but for Fortune, go you,or I - Recorded live at Falmouth Arts Centre1993.
Fiddle played by Martin Frith
The Minstrel Boy - A home recording with Gareth Hedges
I Love the White Rose - Recorded in Cornwall in 1993, with Steve
Cooskey, who is singing harmony.