5. Lament not thus

From Belshazzar, HWV 61, Act I

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
E major
Meter
4/4
Tempo
Larghetto

English text

Daniel

Lament not thus, O Queen, in vain!
Virtue’s part is to resign
All things to the will divine,
Nor of its just decrees complain.
The sins of Babylon urge on her fate;
But virtue still this comfort gives,
On earth she finds a safe retreat,
Or bless’d in Heav’n for ever lives.
Lament not thus…

About the text

  • Author: Charles Jennens

Instrumentation

  • Violini
  • Daniel (Alto)
  • Continuo

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