B. Amidst these horrors

From Athalia, HWV 52, Performing version of 1756, Part I, Scene III

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
d minor → e minor
Meter
4/4
Length
20 measures

English text

Athalia

Amidst these horrors that my soul dismay’d,
A youth I saw in shining robes array’d,
Such as the priests of Judah wear,
When they for solemn pomp prepare.
His lovely form and winning smile
Suspended all my fears awhile.
But as the young barbarian I caress’d,
He plung’d a dagger deep within my breast.
No efforts could the blow repel,
I shriek’d, I fainted, and I fell.

Mathan

Great queen, be calm! These fears I deem
The birth of a delusive dream.
Let harmony breathe soft around,
For sadness ceases at the sound.

About the text

  • Author: Samuel Humphreys

Instrumentation

  • Athalia (Soprano)
  • Mathan (Tenore)
  • Continuo

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