Hark! Did ye ever hear (Thomas Hunt)

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  • (Posted 2008-02-15)  CPDL #16029:         
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2008-02-15).   Score information: A4, 11 pages, 75 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • (Posted 2006-04-19)  CPDL #11513:        (Finale 2006)
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General Information

Title: Hark! Did ye ever hear
Composer: Thomas Hunt

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSAATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1601 in The Triumphs of Oriana, no. 16

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Original text and translations

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Did ye ever hear so sweet,
so sweet a singing?
They sing young love to waken, to waken,
The nymphs unto the woods,
their queen are bringing.
There was a note well taken,
Hark! O good!
O most divine,
O most divinely dittied:
a queen and song
most excellent,
most excellently fitted.
I never saw,
I never saw a fairer,
I never heard a rarer.
Then sung the nymphs and shepherds of Diana:
Long live fair Oriana!