84. O fatal Day

From Saul, HWV 53, Act III, Scene V

George Frideric Handel
g sharp minor → E major
72 measures

English text


O fatal day! How low the mighty lie!

David; Israelites

O Jonathan! How nobly didst thou die,
For thy king and people slain.


For thee, my brother Jonathan,
How great is my distress!
What language can my grief express?
Great was the pleasure I enjoy’d in thee,
And more than woman’s love thy wondrous love to me!

David; Israelites

O fatal day! How low the mighty lie!
Where, Israel, is thy glory fled?
Spoil’d of thy arms, and sunk in infamy,
How canst thou raise again thy drooping head!

About the text

  • Author: Charles Jennens


  • Oboe I
  • Oboe II
  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Viola
  • David (Alto)
  • Soprano
  • Alto
  • Tenore
  • Basso
  • Bassi: Violoncello + Violone + Fagotto + Organo + Cembalo


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