Hence, stars too dim of light (Michael East)

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General Information

Title: Hence stars, too dim of light
Composer: Michael East

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

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

Description: No. 1 from The Triumphs of Oriana (placed in front because East's submission to the publication was late, and the rest of the plates were already put together).

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Original text and translations

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Hence stars, too dim of light,
you dazzle but the sight,
you teach to grope by night.
See here the shepherds star
excelling you so far,
Then Phoebus wiped his eyes
and Zeph'rus cleared the Skies
in sweet accented cries.
Then sang the shepherds and nymphs of Diana,
Long live fair Oriana.