37a. O King, live forever!

From Belshazzar, HWV 61, Act II

George Frideric Handel
B flat major → D major

English text


O king, live for ever!
Let not thy heart its wonted courage lose,
Nor let thy countenance be chang’d with fear,
Though all thy wise men fail thee, in the kingdom
There is a man, among the Jewish captives,
In whom the Holy Spirit of God resides,
And in thy grandsire Nebuchadnezzar’s day
Wisdom, like that of God, was found in him,
By which he could interpret mystic dreams,
Explain hard sentences, dissolve all doubts:
Daniel his native name, but by the king
Nam’d Belteshazzar. Let him now be call’d,
He’ll read the writing, and interpret it.

About the text

  • Author: Charles Jennens


  • Nitocris (Soprano)
  • Continuo


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