26. Hide me from day’s garish eye

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

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
A flat major
Meter
3/4
Tempo
Largo e pianissimo
Length
72 measures

English text

Soprano

Hide me from day’s garish eye,
While the bee with honied thigh,
Which at her flow’ry worth doth sing,
And the waters murmuring,
With such consort as they keep
Entice the dewy-feather’d sleep;
And let some strange mysterious dream
Wave at his wings in airy stream
Of lively portraiture display’d,
Softly on my eyelids laid.
Then as I wake, sweet music breathe,
Above, about, or underneath,
Sent by some spirit to mortals good,
Or th’unseen genius of the wood.

About the text

  • Author: Charles Jennens

Instrumentation

  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Viola
  • Soprano
  • Bassi: Violoncello + Violone + Cembalo

Notes

Based on the poetry of John Milton

Resources

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