To Diana (Charles Hubert Hastings Parry)

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  • (Posted 2009-09-08)  CPDL #20119:        (Sibelius 3)
Editor: Charles Thompson (submitted 2009-09-08).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 46 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Soprano 2 Bar 5 Second beat changed from G to E flat in line with bars 21 and 37. Headed "Hymn to Diana" on the original copy.

General Information

Title: To Diana
Composer: Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
Lyricist: Ben Jonson

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SSA
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1875
Description: No. 2 from Three Trios for Female Voices (1875)

  1. To night (Hamilton Aide)
  2. To Diana
  3. Take, O take these lips away (Shakespeare)

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Original text and translations

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Queen and Huntress, chaste and fair,
Now the sun is laid to sleep,
Seated on thy silver chair
State in wonted manner keep:
Hesperus entreats thy light Goddess,
Goddess, excellently bright.

Earth, let not thy envious shade
Dare itself to interpose;
Cynthia's shining Orb was made
Heaven to clear when day did close:
Bless us then with wished sight Goddess,
Goddess, excellently bright.

Lay thy bow of pearl apart
And thy crystal shining quiver;
Give unto the flying hart
Space to breathe how short so ever.
Thou that mak'st a day of night Goddess,
Goddess, excellently bright.