Nymphs of the forest (William Horsley)

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General Information

Title: Nymphs of the forest
Composer: William Horsley
Lyricist: William Drummond of Hawthornden

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: ATTB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1815
    2nd published: 1849 The Musical Times no.60

Description: Horsley's misattribution of his text to Michael Drayton has been corrected.

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Original text and translations

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Nymphs of the forest, nymphs who on this mountain
Are wont to dance, shewing your beauty's treasure,
To goat-feet sylvans and the wond'ring sun,
When, as you gather flow'rs about this fountain,
Bid her farewell, who placed here her pleasure,
And sing her praises to the stars and moon.