Fair nymphs, I heard one telling (John Farmer)

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General Information

Title: Fair nymphs, I heard one telling
Composer: John Farmer

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1601

Description: No. 15 from The Triumphs of Oriana

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Original text and translations

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Fair nymphs, I heard one telling,
to beautify the place,
The fawns are running,
The shepherds their pipes tuning
To show their cunning.

The lambs amazed leave off their grazing
And blind their eyes with gazing,
Attended by the Muses and the Graces.

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