75. Whence comest thou?

From Saul, HWV 53, Act III, Scene IV

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
C major → f sharp minor
Meter
4/4
Length
23 measures

English text

David

Whence comest thou?

Amalekite

Out of the camp of Israel.

David

Thou canst inform me then. How went the battle?

Amalekite

The people, put to flight, in numbers fell,
And Saul, and Jonathan his son, are dead.

David

Alas, my brother! But how knowest thou
That they are dead?

Amalekite

Upon mount Gilboa
I met with Saul, just fall’n upon his spear;
Swiftly the foe pursu’d; he cried to me,
Begg’d me to finish his imperfect work,
And end a life of pain and ignominy.
I knew he could not live, therefore slew him;
Took from his head the crown, and from his arms
The bracelets, and have brought them to my lord.

David

Whence art thou?

Amalekite

Of the race of Amalek.

About the text

  • Author: Charles Jennens

Instrumentation

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

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