O Venus, regina Cnidi Paphique (Benjamin Cooke)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2019-08-11).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 88 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: O Venus, regina Cnidi Paphique
Composer: Benjamin Cooke
Lyricist: Quintus Horatius Flaccus

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: AATTB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1795
Description: From Cooke's collection of glees, etc. Op.5, edited and issued posthumously by his son, Robert Cooke.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

O Venus regina Cnidi Paphique
Sperne dilectam Cypron et vocantis
Ture te multo Glycerae decoram
Transfer in aedem.

Fervidus tecum puer et solutis
Gratiae zonis properentque Nymphae
Et parum comis sine te Juventas

English.png English translation

Venus, queen of Knidos and Paphos,
quit thy favoured Cyprus and come
to the fine temple of Glycera which
calls you with much incense.

Let the passionate child, the Graces
with their girdles untied, the nymphs,
Youth, all the less attractive without you,
and Mercury hasten with you.