25. By slow degrees

From Belshazzar, HWV 61, Act I

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
C major → G major
Meter
4/4 → 3/4
Tempo
Grave

English text

Chorus of Jews

By slow degress the wrath of God to its meridian height ascends;
There mercy long the dreadful bolt suspends,
Ere it offending man annoy;
Long patient for repentance waits, reluctant to destroy.
At length the wretch, obdurate grown,
Infatuate, makes
The ruin all his own;
And ev’ry step he takes,
On his devoted head
Precipitates the thunder down.

About the text

  • Author: Charles Jennens

Instrumentation

  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Viola
  • Soprano I + Oboe I
  • Soprano II + Oboe II
  • Alto
  • Tenore I
  • Tenore II
  • Basso
  • Continuo

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