35. A Serpent in my Bosom warm’d

From Saul, HWV 53, Act I, Scene V

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
B flat major → g minor
Meter
4/4
Tempo
Allegro
Length
52 measures

English text

Saul

A serpent, in my bosom warm’d,
Would sting me to the heart:
But of his venom soon disarm’d,
Himself shall feel the smart.
Ambitious boy! Now learn what danger
It is to rouse a monarch’s anger!

About the text

  • Author: Charles Jennens

Instrumentation

  • Oboe I + Oboe II
  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Viola
  • Saul (Basso)
  • Bassi: Violoncello + Violone + Fagotto + Cembalo

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