54a. Great victor

From Belshazzar, HWV 61, Act III

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
b minor
Meter
3/4
Tempo
Larghetto

English text

Nitocris

Great victor, at your feet I bow,
No more a queen, your vassal now!
My people spare! Forgive my fears,
I mourn a son, indulge my tears,
Resistless nature bids them flow.

Cyrus

 
Rise, virtuous queen, compose your mind,
Give fear and sorrow to the wind.
Safe are your people if they will;
Be still a queen, a mother still,
A son in Cyrus you shall find.

About the text

  • Author: Charles Jennens

Instrumentation

  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Nicotris + Cyrus (Soprano)
  • Continuo

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