Thus Bonnyboots the birthday celebrated (John Holmes)
- Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2014-08-29). Score information: A4, 8 pages, 58 kB Copyright: Personal
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Description: Holmes' contribution to Thomas Morley's collection, The Triumphs of Oriana.
Original text and translations
Thus Bonnyboots the birthday celebrated
Of her, his lady dearest,
Fair Oriana, which to his heart was nearest:
The nymphs and shepherds feasted
with clotted cream were,
And to sing were requested.
Lo here the fair created (quoth he),
The world's chief goddess;
Sing then, for she is Bonnyboots' sweet mistress.
Then sang the shepherds and nymphs of Diana:
Long live fair Oriana.