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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
160. Hymn to Diana
 
Ben Jonson (1573–1637)
 
 
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,        5
        Goddess excellently bright.
 
Earth, let not thy envious shade
    Dare itself to interpose;
Cynthia’s shining orb was made
    Heaven to clear when day did close:        10
        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        15
    Space to breathe, how short soever:
        Thou that mak’st a day of night,
        Goddess excellently bright!
 

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