Hymn to Diana (Mark Chapman)

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  • CPDL #18855:       
Editor: Mark Chapman (submitted 2009-02-02).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 205 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Hymn to Diana
Composer: Mark Chapman
Lyricist: Ben Jonson

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SAB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:

Description: The setting of a Ben Jonson poem is deliberately simple, for a choir with trouble maintaining a separate tenor line.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Queen and huntress, chaste and fair,
Now the sun is laid to sleep,
Seated in thy silver chair,
State in wonted manner keep:
Hesperus entreats thy light,
Goddess excellently bright.

Earth, let not thy envious shade
Dare itself to interpose;
Cynthia's shining orb was made
Heaven to clear when day did close:
Bless us then with wishèd sight,
Goddess excellently bright.

Lay thy bow of pearl apart,
And thy crystal-shining quiver;
Give unto the flying hart
Space to breathe, how short soever;
Thou that mak'st a day of night,
Goddess excellently bright.