’Tis my intention, lovely youth

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

George Frideric Handel
16 measures

English text


‘Tis my intention, lovely youth, that you
A scene more suited to your worth shall view;
You to the palace shall this day repair,
And live consigned to Athalia’s care.


Shall I behold the God by whom I’m bless’d
Profan’d by you with rites that I detest?


Princess, in discipline you much excel;
Whate’er you dictate he remembers well.
But be assured that one revolving hour
Shall snatch your learned pupil from your pow’r.

About the text

  • Author: Samuel Humphreys


  • Athalia + Joas (Soprano)
  • Continuo


  • Duplicate


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