Lightly she whipped o'er the dales (John Mundy)

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  • (Posted 2012-01-12)  CPDL #25360:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-01-12).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 83 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed up a minor third. Spelling modernised.

General Information

Title: Lightly she whipped o'er the dales
Composer: John Mundy

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1601 in The Triumphs of Oriana, no. 2
Description: No. 3 from The Triumphs of Oriana

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Original text and translations

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Lightly she whipped o’er the dales,
Making the woods proud with her presence.
Gently she trod the flowers and they
As gently kiss’d her tender feet.
The birds in their best language bade her welcome,
Proud that Oriana heard their song:
The clove-foot satyrs singing,
Made music to the fauns adancing,
And both together with an emphasis,
Sang Oriana’s praises,
Whilst the adjoining woods with melody,
Did entertain their sweet, sweet harmony.
Thus sang the shepherds and nymphs of Diana,
Long live fair Oriana.