11. Behold the monstrous human beast

From Belshazzar, HWV 61, Act I

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
B flat major
Meter
4/4
Tempo
Allegro

English text

Gobrias

Behold the monstrous human beast
Wallowing in excessive feast!
No more his Maker’s image found:
But, self-degraded to a swine,
He fixes grov’ling on the ground
His portion of the breath Divine.
Behold the monstrous human beast
Behold…

About the text

  • Author: Charles Jennens

Instrumentation

  • Violini
  • Gobrias (Basso)
  • Continuo

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