A. Confusion to my thoughts!

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

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
a minor → g minor
Meter
4/4 → 3/2
Length
27 measures

English text

Athalia

Confusion to my thoughts, my eyes have view’d
My dreadful vision in this place renew’d!
Through all my veins the chilling horrors run.
Say, Josabeth, is this fair youth thy son?

Josabeth

Though much he merits my fond love, yet he
Is not indebted for his birth to me.

Athalia

Who is thy father? Let his name be known!

Josabeth

He has no father but kind Heav’n alone.

Athalia

Why so officious does thy zeal appear?
I mean the answer from his lips to hear.
How art thou call’d?

Joas

Eliakim.

Athalia

Unfold
Thy father’s name!

Joas

In me, alas, behold
An orphan, cast by providence, and ne’er
As yet acquainted who his parents were.

Athalia

Give me to understand whose tender cares
Sustain’d and rear’d thee in thy infant years?

About the text

  • Author: Samuel Humphreys

Instrumentation

  • Josabeth + Athalia + Joas (Soprano)
  • Continuo

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