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As Vesta was from Latmos hill descending (Thomas Weelkes)

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  • CPDL #11788:  Icon_pdf.gif
Editor: Diana Thompson (submitted 2006-05-31).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 125 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Revised edition (uploaded 2008-10-21), correcting previous errors and adding a piano reduction.
  • CPDL #10173:  Network.png PDF, MIDI and NoteWorthy Composer files available.
Editor: Vince M. Brennan (submitted 2005-11-17).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 137 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Copyright (c) 2004 by V. M. Brennan
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2005-08-30).   Score information: A4, 11 pages, 82 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: NoteWorthy Composer file may be viewed and printed with NoteWorthy Composer Viewer.
Editor: Frank van Nimwegen (submitted 2001-10-19).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 221 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Error.gif Possible error(s) identified. See the discussion page for full description.

General Information

Title: As Vesta was from Latmos Hill Descending
Composer: Thomas Weelkes

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1601

Description: No. 18 from The Triumphs of Oriana

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

As Vesta was from Latmos hill descending,
She spied a maiden Queen the same ascending,
Attended on by all the shepherds' swain,
To whom Diana's darlings came running down amain,
First two by two, then three by three together,
Leaving their goddess all alone hasted thither;
And mingling with the shepherds of her train,
With mirthful tunes her presence entertain.

Then sang the shepherds and nymphs of Diana,
Long live fair Oriana!