55. Say, venerable prophet

From Belshazzar, HWV 61, Act III

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

English text

Cyrus

Say, venerable prophet, is there aught
In Cyrus’ pow’r by which he can oblige
Thee, or thy people?

Daniel

O victorious prince,
The God of Israel, Lord of Heav’n and earth,
Long ere thy birth, foretold thee by thy name,
And shew’d thy conquests! ‘Tis to Him thou ow’st,
To Him thou must ascribe them. Read those lines,
The great prediction which thou hast already
In part accomplish’d, and, we trust, will soon
Fulfil the rest.

About the text

  • Author: Charles Jennens

Instrumentation

  • Cyrus (Soprano)
  • Daniel (Alto)
  • Continuo

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