by Ben Jonson (1572 - 1637)
Translation © by Jean-Pierre Granger

Queen and huntress, chaste and fair
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE NYN SPA
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 thy envious shade
Dare itself to interpose;
Cynthia's shining orb was made
Heav'n to clear when day did close;
  Bless us then with wishèd 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 so-ever:
  Thou that mak'st a day of night,
  Goddess excellently bright.

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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Jean-Pierre Granger) , "Hymne", copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • NYN Norwegian (Nynorsk) (Are Frode Søholt) , "Hymne", copyright © 2004, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • SPA Spanish (Español) (Pablo Sabat) , "Himno"

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 18
Word count: 93

Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Reine et chasseresse, chaste et ravissante,
Alors que le soleil est allé dormir,
Assise sur ton siège d'argent,
Placée de manière coutumière :
  Hespérie implore ta lumière,
  Ô Déesse admirablement magnifique.

Terre, ne laisse pas ton ombre envieuse
Oser s'interposer ;
Le globe brillant de Cyntia fut créé
afin d'éclairer le ciel lorsque le jour s'éteint :
  Gratifie nous alors de ton image désirée,
  Déesse admirablement magnifique.

Dépose à l'écart ton arc de perles,
Ainsi que ton carquoi de crystal éclatant ;
Donne au cerf errant
Le temps de reprendre son souffle, aussi court qu'il soit :
  Toi qui transforme la nuit en jour,
  Déesse admirablement magnifique.


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This text was added to the website: 2010-11-11
Line count: 18
Word count: 107