36. Sweet Temp’rance in thy right hand bear

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

George Frideric Handel
a minor → F major
4/4 → 3/4
59 measures

English text


Sweet temp’rance in thy right hand bear,
With her let rosy health appear,
And in thy left contentment true,
Whom headlong passion never knew;
Frugality by bounty’s side,
Fast friends, though oft as foes belied;
Chaste love, by reason led secure,
With joy sincere, and pleasure pure;
Happy life from Heav’n descending,
Crowds of smiling years attending:
All this company serene,
Join, to fill thy beauteous train.


All this company serene,
Join, to fill thy beauteous train.

About the text

  • Author: Charles Jennens


  • Oboe I + Oboe II
  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Viola
  • Basso solo / Contratenore solo
  • Soprano
  • Alto
  • Tenore
  • Basso
  • Bassi: Violoncello + Violone + Fagotto + Cembalo


Based on the poetry of John Milton


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