45. O strange Vicissitude!

From Saul, HWV 53, Act II, Scene II

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
D major → B major
Meter
4/4
Length
17 measures

English text

David

Oh, strange vicissitude! But yesterday
He thought me worthy of his daughter’s love;
Today he seeks my life.

Jonathan

My sister Merab, by his own gift thy right,
He hath bestow’d on Adriel.

David
Oh, my prince, would that were all!
It would not grieve me much: the scornful maid
(Didst thou observe?) with such disdainful pride
Receiv’d the king’s command! But lovely Michal,
As mild as she is fair, outstrips all praise.

About the text

  • Author: Charles Jennens

Instrumentation

  • David (Alto)
  • Jonathan (Tenore)
  • Continuo: Violoncello + Cembalo

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