Fair Oriana seeming to wink at folly (Robert Jones)

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  • (Posted 2014-09-11)  CPDL #32908:        (Finale 2004)
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2014-09-11).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 135 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down from G.

General Information

Title: Fair Oriana seeming to wink at folly
Composer: Robert Jones

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1601 in The Triumphs of Oriana, no. 21

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Original text and translations

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Fair Oriana, seeming to wink at folly,
Lay softly down a-sleeping,
But hearing that the world was grown unholy
her rest was turned to weeping,
So waked, she sighed, and with crossed arms,
sat drinking tears for others' harms.
Then sang the Nymphs and shepherds of Diana,
Long live fair Oriana.