Fair Oriana, beauty's queen (John Hilton the elder)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2014-08-29).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 62 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: This edition is offered at original pitch (high chiavette) for SSATB or transposed down a fourth for the same forces. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

General Information

Title: Fair Oriana, beauty's queen
Composer: John Hilton the elder
Lyricist: Anonymous

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1601 in The Triumphs of Oriana, no. 5
Description: Hilton's contribution to Thomas Morley's collection, The Triumphs of Oriana.

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Original text and translations

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Fair Oriana, beauty's queen,
Tripped along the verdant green.
The fauns and satyrs, running out,
Skipped and danced round about.
Flora forsook her painted bow'rs,
And made a coronet of flow'rs.
Then sang the nymphs of chaste Diana:
Long live fair Oriana.