Eliakim! / My father!

From Athalia, HWV 52, Part III, Scene I

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
B flat major → d minor
Meter
4/4
Length
19 measures

English text

Joad

Eliakim!

Joas

My father!

Joad

Let me know:
Should Heav’n on thee a diadem bestow,
What reign of Judah’s kings wouldst thou that day
Choose for the model of thy future sway?

Joas

Should God such glory for my lot ordain,
Like righteous David I would wish to reign.

Joad

O Joas, O my king, thus low to thee
I pay the homage of my bended knee!

Joas

Is this reality, or kind deceit?
Ah, can I see my father at my feet?

Josabeth

Ye sacred bands, who serve the God of truth,
Revere your sov’reign in that royal youth!

About the text

  • Author: Samuel Humphreys

Instrumentation

  • Josabeth + Joas (Soprano)
  • Joad (Alto)
  • Continuo

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