A Hymn to Diana

A Hymn to Diana



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