67. Where is the Son of Jesse

From Saul, HWV 53, Act II, Scene X

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
d minor → A major
Meter
4/4
Length
21 measures

English text

Saul

Where is the son of Jesse? Comes he not
To grace our feast?

Jonathan

He earnestly ask’d leave
To go to Bethlem, where his father’s house,
At solemn rites of annual sacrifice,
Requir’d his presence.

Saul

O perverse, rebellious!
Thinkst thou I do not know that thou hast chose
The son of Jesse to thy own confusion?
The world will say thou art no son of mine,
Who thus canst love the man I hate; the man
Who, if he lives, will rob thee of thy crown:
Send, fetch him thither; for the wretch must die.

Jonathan

What has he done? And wherefore must he die?

Saul

Darest thou oppose my will? Die then thyself!

About the text

  • Author: Charles Jennens

Instrumentation

  • Jonathan (Tenore)
  • Saul (Basso)
  • Continuo: Violoncello + Cembalo

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