38. O Filial Piety!

From Saul, HWV 53, Act I, Scene VI

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
A major → f sharp minor
Meter
4/4
Tempo
Lento
Length
22 measures

English text

Jonathan

O filial piety! O sacred friendship!
How shall I reconcile you? Cruel father!
Your just commands I always have obeyed:
But to destroy my friend, the brave, the virtuous,
The godlike David, Israel’s defender,
And terror of her foes! To disobey you —
What shall I call it? ‘Tis an act of duty
To God, to David — nay, indeed, to you.

About the text

  • Author: Charles Jennens

Instrumentation

  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Viola
  • Jonathan (Tenore)
  • Bassi: Violoncello + Violone + Cembalo

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