44. Alternate hopes and fears

From Belshazzar, HWV 61, Act III

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
c minor → d minor
Meter
3/4 → 4/4
Tempo
Larghetto, e staccato → Allegro, Larghetto

English text

Nitocris

Alternate hopes and fears distract my mind,
My weary soul no rest can find.
My busy fancy now presents
A gracious scene: my son repents
And God recalls his doom.
Now to false shame he quits his fears,
False courage takes, and madly dares
His impious feast resume.
Then arms and dying groans resound,
And streams of blood gush out around.
Alternate hopes and fears distract my mind,
My weary soul no rest can find.

About the text

  • Author: Charles Jennens

Instrumentation

  • Violini
  • Nitocris (Soprano)
  • Continuo

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