My Josabeth, the grateful time appears

From Athalia, HWV 52, Part I, Scene IV

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
E flat major → d minor
Meter
4/4
Length
25 measures

English text

Joad

My Josabeth, the grateful time appears
To bid dejected Judah end her fears.

Josabeth

O tell the people, as I oft have craved,
How I from death the royal infant sav’d.
*Enter Abner.*

Abner

Priest of the living God, with anxious heart
Proud Athalia’s purpose I impart.
With vengeful haste she marches here,
To brave the God whom we revere.
She says this pile conceals a youthful foe,
Whose fall, she means, shall end her jealous woe.

Josabeth

Oh, killing shock of unexpected pain!
Oh, innocence, my tender care in vain!
Must I at last my cherish’d joys forgo,
And drink, alas, this bitter cup of woe!

About the text

  • Author: Samuel Humphreys

Instrumentation

  • Josabeth (Soprano)
  • Joad (Alto)
  • Abner (Basso)
  • Continuo

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