Thus Bonnyboots the birthday celebrated (John Holmes)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2014-08-29).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 58 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: This edition is offered at original pitch (high chiavette) for SSATB or transposed down a fourth for AATTB. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

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Title: Thus Bonnyboots the birthday celebrated
Composer: John Holmes
Lyricist: Anonymous

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicings: SSATB and AATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1601 in The Triumphs of Oriana, no. 8

Description: Holmes' contribution to Thomas Morley's collection, The Triumphs of Oriana.

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Original text and translations

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Thus Bonnyboots the birthday celebrated
Of her, his lady dearest,
Fair Oriana, which to his heart was nearest:
The nymphs and shepherds feasted
with clotted cream were,
And to sing were requested.
Lo here the fair created (quoth he),
The world's chief goddess;
Sing then, for she is Bonnyboots' sweet mistress.
Then sang the shepherds and nymphs of Diana:
Long live fair Oriana.