5. O Judah! Judah! chosen seed!

From Athalia, HWV 52, Performing version of 1735, Part I, Scene II

George Frideric Handel
14 measures

English text


O Judah, Judah, chosen seed,
To what distress art thou decreed!
How are thy sacred feasts profan’d,
Thy rites with vile pollution strain’d!
Proud Athalia’s impious hand
Sheds desolation through the land,
Bids strange, unhallow’d altars flame,
And proudly braves Jehovah’s name.

About the text

  • Author: Samuel Humphreys


  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Viola
  • Joad (Alto)
  • Bassi


  • Duplicate


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