by Ben Jonson (1572 - 1637)
Translation Pablo Sabat

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: Spanish (Español)  after the English 
Reina y cazadora, casta y bella,
Ahora el sol se dispone a dormir,
Sentada en tu trono de plata,
Majestuosa te muestras:
Héspero suplica por tu luz,
	Diosa excelentemente brillante.

Tierra, no permitas que tu envidiosa sombra
Ose ella misma interponerse;
El brillante orbe de Cynthia fue hecho para
El cielo aclarar cuando el día concluya;
	Bendícenos con tu añorada visión,
	Diosa excelentemente brillante.

Deja tu arco de perlas a un lado,
Y también tu brillante carcaj de cristal;
Permite al venado que huye
Tiempo para recuperar el aliento, ahora tan corto:
	Tú que transformas en día la noche,
	Diosa excelentemente brillante.

The translator has released this translation into the public domain.


  • Translation from English to Spanish (Español) by Pablo Sabat

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This text was added to the website: 2013-05-26
Line count: 18
Word count: 102