10. Wretched lovers!

From Acis and Galatea, HWV 49a, Version I

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
B flat major
Meter
4/4
Tempo
A tempo ordinario
Length
82 measures

Instrumentation

  • Oboe I
  • Oboe II
  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Soprano
  • Tenore I
  • Tenore II
  • Tenore III
  • Basso
  • Continuo: Violoncello + Contrabbasso + Cembalo

English text

Chorus

Wretched lovers! Fate has past
This sad decree: no joy shall last.
Wretched lovers, quit your dream!
Behold the monster Polypheme!
See what ample strides he takes!
The mountain nods, the forest shakes;
The waves run frighten’d to the shores:
Hark, how the thund’ring giant roars!

About the text

  • Author: John Gay, Alexander Pope and John Hughes

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