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Thread #1143   Message #3622716
Posted By: GUEST,Atlanta
28-Apr-14 - 10:26 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: 'Rose, Rose' round: More verses?
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'Rose, Rose' round: More verses?
I have just realized that the Rose Rose round I learned in Girl Scouts has essentially the same melody as the Ma Tovu prayer in Hebrew. Charlie Baum's comment - copied below - is the only mention of this I have seen on the internet!
Thank you all for this discussion :-)

Subject: RE:
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 14 Jun 97 - 10:53 PM

The first set of words I ever learned to that tune were in Hebrew:

A transliteration:
Mah tovu, // ohalecha ya'akov, // mishkinotecha yisrael.
("Ch" is fricative as in Scottish "loch")

It translates as:
"How goodly are your tents, O Jacob, your habitations, O Israel."

It is sometimes sung in the synagogue at the very beginning of a service.
--Charlie Baum