With Angel's face and brightness (Daniel Norcome)

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  • (Posted 2014-08-05)  CPDL #32622:       
Editor: Cameron McKay (submitted 2014-08-05).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 112 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from an original facsimile from imslp. N.B. the apostrophe (the title is now correct) has been misplaced throughout the underlay in the pdf.

General Information

Title: With Angel's face and brightness
Composer: Daniel Norcome

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1601 in The Triumphs of Oriana, no. 1
Description: The second piece (numbered 1) in Thomas Morley's anthology, The Triumphs of Oriana, published by Thomas East in 1601.

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Original text and translations

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With angel's face and brightness
and orient hue, fair Oriana shining
With nimble foot she tripped
O'er hills and mountains.
At last in dale she rested,
hard by Diana's fountain.
This is that maiden Queen of the fairy land,
with sceptre in her hand.
The fauns and saytrs dancing,
did show their nimble lightness.
Fair Naïs and the nymphs did leave their bowers,
And brought their baskets full of herbs and flowers.
Then sang the shepherds and nymphs of Diana,
"Long live fair Oriana!"