Saturday, November 26, 2016

A Hymn to Diana







A Hymn to Diana

☽O☾


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Statue of Diana as "The Spirit of Progress" atop a former Montgomery Ward administration building in Chicago, 
silhouetted against the second night of a Harvest Moon

Queene, and Huntresse, chaste, and faire, 
..Now the Sunne is laid to sleepe, 
Seated, in thy silver chaire, 
..State in wonted manner keepe: 
Hesperus intreats thy light, 
Goddesse, excellently bright.
  
Earth, let not thy envious shade 
..Dare it selfe to interpose; 
Cynthias shining orbe was made 
..Heaven to cleere, when day did close: 
Blesse us then with wishèd sight, 
Goddesse, excellently bright.
  
Lay thy bow of pearle apart, 
..And thy crystall-shining quiver; 
Give unto the flying hart 
..Space to breathe, how short soever: 
Thou that mak'st a day of night, 
Goddesse, excellently bright.





~Written by Ben Jonson (1572-1617): 

Hymn to <3 Diana 



From Cynthias Revells (1601), Act V, Scene vi



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