Michael East (±1580 – 1648): Hence stars too dim of light

Michael East was a prolific Elizabethan and Jacobean madrigalist and composer of religious music. His music was popular during his lifetime and very widely published in particular his madrigals which are very Italianate in style.  ‘Hence stars too dim of light’ which you can hear below was his contribution to The Triumphs of Oriana – that famous collection of twenty-five madrigals by twenty-three English composers first published in 1601 in honour of Elizabeth I.  Enjoy :-).


Michael East (±1580 – 1648): Hence stars too dim of light

Hence stars, too dim of light,
You dazzle but the sight,
You teach to grope by night.
See here the shepherds’ star,
Excelling you so far,
Then Phoebus wiped his eyes,
And Zephyr cleared the skies,
In sweet accented cries.
Then sang the shepherds and nymphs of Diana:
Long live fair Oriana.

Performers: The King’s Singers

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