All creatures now are merry-minded (John Bennet)

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General Information

Title: All creatures now are merry-minded
Composer: John Bennet

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1601 in The Triumphs of Oriana, no. 4
    2nd published: 1982 in Das Chorwerk, no. 132.1

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

All creatures now are merry minded,
The shepherd's daughters playing,
the nymphs are falalaing.
Yon bugle was well winded.
At Oriana's presence each thing smileth.
The flow'rs themselves discover,
Birds over her do hover,
Music the time beguileth,
See where she comes,
with flow'ry garlands crowned,
Queen of all queens reknowned.
Then sang the shepherds and nymphs of Diana,
"Long live fair Oriana!"

German.png German translation

Alle Geschöpfe sind froh jetzt und munter.
Es spielen die Töchter der Schäfer,
die Nymphen singen fa la.
Ins Waldhorn stößt man kräftig dort drüben:
Oriana erscheint, und es lächelt ein jeder.
Die Kelche der Blumen, sie öffnen sich freudig,
und über ihr schweben die Vögel;
Musik verkürzet die Zeit.
Seht, wie sie kommt, mit Kränzen geschmückt,
die ruhmreichste, holde Königin.
Dann sangen die Schäfer und Nymphen Dianens:
„Lang lebe die schöne Oriana!“