69. Wretch that I am

From Saul, HWV 53, Act III, Scene I

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
c minor → E flat major
Meter
4/4
Tempo
Largo
Length
32 measures

English text

Saul

Wretch that I am, of my own ruin author!
Where are my old supports? The valiant youth,
Whose very name was terror to my foes,
My rage has drove away. Of God forsaken,
In vain I ask his counsel. He vouchsafes
No answer to the sons of disobedience!
Even my own courage fails me! Can it be?
Is Saul become a coward? I’ll not believe it!
If Heav’n denies thee aid, seek it from hell!

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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