17. The flocks shall leave the mountains

From Acis and Galatea, HWV 49a, Version I

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
c minor
Meter
4/4
Tempo
Andante e staccato
Length
43 measures

Instrumentation

  • Oboe I
  • Oboe II
  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Galatea (Soprano)
  • Acis (Tenore)
  • Polypheme (Basso)
  • Bassi: Violoncello + Contrabbasso + Cembalo

English text

Galatea; Acis

The flocks shall leave the mountains,
The woods the turtle dove,
The nymphs forsake the fountains,
Ere I forsake my love!

Polyphemus

Torture! fury! rage! despair! I cannot, cannot bear!

Galatea; Acis

Not show’rs to larks so pleasing, Nor sunshine to the bee, Not sleep to toil so easing, As these dear smiles to me.

Polyphemus

Fly swift, thou massy ruin, fly! Die, presumptuous Acis, die!

About the text

  • Author: John Gay, Alexander Pope and John Hughes

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