32b. Ah! Help!

From Belshazzar, HWV 61, Act II

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
g minor → G major
Meter
4/4

English text

Babylonians

 
Help, help the king! He faints, he dies!
What envious demon blasts our joys,
And into sorrow turns?
Look up, O king! Speak, cheer thy friends!
Say, why our mirth thus sudden ends,
And the gay circle mourns?

Belshazzar

Behold! See there!

Babylonians

Oh, dire portentous signt! But see, ‘tis gone,
And leaves behind it types unknown,
Perhaps some stern decree of fate,
Big with the ruin of our state!
What God, or godlike man, can tell
The sense of this mysterious spell?

About the text

  • Author: Charles Jennens

Instrumentation

  • Soprano
  • Alto
  • Tenore
  • Basso
  • Continuo

Issues

  • unclear key_start

Resources

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