SSAA a cappella
A setting of the famous poem by Emily Brontë, comparing the virtues of love and friendship.
Love is like the wild rose-briar;
Friendship like the holly-tree—
The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms
But which will bloom most constantly?
The wild rose-briar is sweet in spring,
Its summer blossoms scent the air;
Yet wait till winter comes again
And who will call the wild-briar fair?
Then scorn the silly rose-wreath now
And deck thee with holly’s sheen,
That, when December blights thy brow
He still may leave thy garland green.