Praised be Diana (Charles Villiers Stanford)

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  • (Posted 2012-12-30)  CPDL #27905:        (Sibelius 7)
Editor: Ian Haslam (submitted 2012-12-30).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 87 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Bar 31 - the original score time signature is 3/2. This has been corrected to 3/4.

General Information

Title: Praised be Diana
Composer: Charles Villiers Stanford
Lyricist: Walter Raleigh

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1894

Description: Originally published by Novello.

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Original text and translations

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Praised be Diana's fair and harmless light,
Praised be the dews where with she moists the ground,
Praised be her beams, the glory of the night,
Praised be her power, by which all powers abound.

Praised be her nymphs, with whom she decks the woods.
Praised be her knight, whom true honour lives,
Praised be that force, by which she moves the floods;
Let that Diana shine which all these gives!

In heaven queen she is among the spheres,
She mistresslike makes all things to be pure;
Eternity in her oft change she bears
She beauty is, by her the fair endure.

Time wears her not, she doth his chariot guide;
Mortality below her orb is placed;
By her the virtue of the stars down slide,
In her is virtue's per-fect image cast.

A knowledge pure it is her worth to know;
With Circes let them dwell that think not so.