2. O the pleasure of the plains!

From Acis and Galatea, HWV 49a, Version I

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
B flat major
Meter
4/4
Tempo
Andante
Structure
Da capo
Length
72 measures

Instrumentation

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

English text

Chorus

Oh, the pleasure of the plains!
Happy nymphs and happy swains,
Harmless, merry, free and gay,
Dance and sport the hours away.
For us the zephyr blows,
For us distills the dew,
For us unfolds the rose,
And flow’rs display their hue.
For us the winters rain,
For us the summers shine,
Spring swells for us the grain,
And autumn bleeds the wine.
Oh, the pleasure… da capo.

About the text

  • Author: John Gay, Alexander Pope and John Hughes

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