20. Must I my Acis still bemoan

From Acis and Galatea, HWV 49a, Version I

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
F major
Meter
3/4
Tempo
Adagio
Length
118 measures

Instrumentation

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

English text

Galatea

Must I my Acis still bemoan,
Inglorious crush’d beneath that stone?

Chorus

Cease, Galatea, cease to grieve! Bewail not whom thou canst relieve.

Galatea

Must the lovely charming youth Die for his constancy and truth?

Chorus

Cease, Galatea, cease to grieve! Bewail not whom thou canst relieve; Call forth thy pow’r, employ thy art, The goddess soon can heal thy smart.

Galatea

Say what comfort can you find? For dark despair o’erclouds my mind.

Chorus

To kindred gods the youth return, Through verdant plains to roll his urn.

About the text

  • Author: John Gay, Alexander Pope and John Hughes

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