Fair Orian, in the morn (John Milton the Elder)

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  • (Posted 2021-10-01)  CPDL #65989:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2021-10-01).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 131 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2014-08-29).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 58 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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General Information

Title: Fair Orian, in the morn
Composer: John Milton the Elder
Lyricist: Anonymous

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1601 in The Triumphs of Oriana, no. 18
    2nd published: 1853 Novello's Glee Hive no.77
Description: Milton's contribution to Thomas Morley's collection, The Triumphs of Oriana.

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Original text and translations

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Fair Orian, in the morn,
Before the day was born,
With velvet steps on ground,
Which made nor print nor sound,
Would see her nymphs abed;
What lives those ladies led.
The roses blushing said:
O stay, thou shepherd's maid.
And on a sudden all,
They rose and heard her call.
Then sang those shepherds and nymphs of Diana:
Long live fair Oriana.