The Lady Oriana (John Wilbye)

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  • (Posted 2018-06-12)  CPDL #50094:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-06-12).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 94 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: #24600, transposed up a minor third.
  • (Posted 2011-09-25)  CPDL #24600:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-09-25).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 9 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised files uploaded 11/06/18.

General Information

Title: The Lady Oriana
Composer: John Wilbye

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1601 in The Triumphs of Oriana, no. 15

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Original text and translations

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The Lady Oriana
Was dight all in the treasures of Guiana;
And on her Grace a thousand graces tended:
And thus sang they, fair Queen of peace and plenty;
The fairest queen of twenty:
Then with an olive wreath, for peace renowned,
Her virgin head they crowned:
Which ceremony ended,
Unto her Grace the thousand graces bended.
Then sang the shepherds and nymphs of Diana,
Long live fair Oriana.