4a. The fate of Babylon

From Belshazzar, HWV 61, Act I

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

English text

Nitocris

The fate of Babylon, I fear, is nigh.
I have sought to avert it; small my skill,
Had not the Hebrew prophet with his counsel
Supported my weak steps. See, where he comes:
Wisdom and goodness in his front serene
Conspicuous sit enthron’d.

About the text

  • Author: Charles Jennens

Instrumentation

  • Nicotris (Soprano)
  • Continuo

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