My Josabeth, the grateful time appears

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

George Frideric Handel
25 measures

English text


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


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


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


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


  • Duplicate


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