As Vesta was from Latmos hill descending (Thomas Weelkes)

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General Information

Title: As Vesta was from Latmos Hill Descending
Composer: Thomas Weelkes

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1601 in The Triumphs of Oriana, no. 17
    2nd published: 1852 Novello's Glee Hive no.28

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Original text and translations

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As Vesta was from Latmos hill descending,
She spied a maiden Queen the same ascending,
Attended on by all the shepherds' swain,
To whom Diana's darlings came running down amain,
First two by two, then three by three together,
Leaving their goddess all alone hasted thither;
And mingling with the shepherds of her train,
With mirthful tunes her presence entertain.

Then sang the shepherds and nymphs of Diana,
Long live fair Oriana!