2. Hence, vain deluding Joys

From L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55, Part I, Il Penseroso

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
C major → F major
Meter
12/8 → 4/4
Tempo
Allegro
Length
16 measures

English text

Soprano

Hence vain deluding joys,
Dwell in some idle brain,
And fancies fond with gaudy shapes possess,
As thick and numberless
As the gay motes that people the sunbeams,
Or likest hovering dreams
The fickle pensioners of Morpheus’ train.

About the text

  • Author: Charles Jennens

Instrumentation

  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Violino III + Viola
  • Soprano
  • Alto

Notes

Based on the poetry of John Milton

Resources

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