Cynthia’s Revels: Queen and huntress, chaste and fair

door Ben Johnson

Queen and huntress, chaste and fair,
Now the sun is laid to sleep,
Seated in thy silver chair,
State in wonted manner keep:
        Hesperus entreats thy light,
        Goddess, excellently bright.
 
Earth, let not an envious shade
Dare itself to interpose;
Cynthia's shining orb was made
Heaven to clear when day did close:
        Bless us then with wish├Ęd sight,
        Goddess, excellently bright.
 
Lay thy bow of pearl apart,
And thy crystal-shining quiver;
Give unto the flying hart
Space to breathe, how short soever;
        Thou that mak'st a day of night,
        Goddess, excellently bright.

door Ben Johnson

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