6. Shepherd, what art thou persuing?

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
64 measures

English text

Damon

Shepherd, what art thou pursuing?
Heedless running to thy ruin;
Share our joy, our pleasure share,
Leave thy passion till tomorrow,
Let the day be free from sorrow,
Free from love, and free from care!
Shepherd… da capo

About the text

  • Author: John Gay, Alexander Pope and John Hughes

Instrumentation

  • Violino I + Violino II + Oboe I + Oboe II
  • Damon (Tenore)
  • Bassi: Violoncello + Contrabbasso + Cembalo

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