Sunday, October 29, 2017
The last rose of summer ...
Irish poet Thomas Moore reportedly was inspired by a late-blooming specimen in an Irish garden of Rosa "Old Bush" back in 1805 when he composed the words to "The Last Rose of Summer."
A few years later, during 1813, the words were set to a traditional tune, "Aislean an Oigfear" or "The Young Man's Dream" and a sentimental favorite, beloved by Irish tenors, was born.
Rosa "Old Bush" bears a striking resemblance to a modern specimen (top), among the last roses in full bloom I found in the museum gardens Saturday afternoon as the south of Iowa plays tag with a killing frost.
There was one perfect bud of a different variety, too.
And bright spots of color here and there among the turning leaves elsewhere.
It won't be long, however, before all of this is gone --- until spring.
In case you've forgotten what "Last Rose" sounds like, here's a version by John McDermott.
It was recorded in Belfast during 2014.