73. Why hast thou forc’d me from the Realms of Peace

From Saul, HWV 53, Act III, Scene III

George Frideric Handel
c minor → g minor
41 measures

English text


Why hast thou forc’d me from the realms of peace
Back to this world of woe?


O holy prophet!
Refuse me not thy aid in this distress.
The num’rous foe stands ready for the battle:
God has forsaken me: no more he answers
By prophets or by dreams: no hope remains,
Unless I learn from thee from course to take.


Hath God forsaken thee? And dost thou ask
My counsel? Did I not foretell thy fate,
When, madly disobedient, thou didst spare
The curst Amalekite, and on the spoil
Didst fly rapacious? Therefore God this day
Hath verified my words in thy destruction,
Hath rent the kingdom from thee, and bestow’d it
On David, whom thou hatest for his virtue.
Thou and thy sons shall be with me tomorrow,
And Israel by Philistine arms shall fall.
The Lord hath said it: He will make it good.

About the text

  • Author: Charles Jennens


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


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