Long live fair Oriana (Ellis Gibbons)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2014-08-29).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 53 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Long live fair Oriana
Composer: Ellis Gibbons
Lyricist: Anonymous

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1601 in The Triumphs of Oriana, no. 3
Description: Gibbons' contribution (one of two ascribed to him) to Thomas Morley's collection, The Triumphs of Oriana.

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Original text and translations

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Long live fair Oriana.
Hark, did you ever hear so sweet a singing?
They sing young love to waken;
The nymphs unto the woods their queen are bringing.
There was a note well taken.
O good, hark, how joyfully 'tis dittied;
A queen and song most excellently fitted.
I never heard a rarer, nor ever saw a fairer.
Then sing, ye shepherds and nymphs of Diana:
Long live fair Oriana.