6. Behold, by Persia’s hero made

From Belshazzar, HWV 61, Act I

George Frideric Handel
A major

English text

Chorus of Babylonians

Behold, by Persia’s hero made
In ample form, the strong blockade!
How broad the ditch, how deep it falls!
What lofty tow’rs o’erlook the walls!
Hark, Cyrus! Twenty times the sun
Round the great year his course shall run:
If there so long thy army stay,
Not yet to dogs and birds a prey,
No succour from without arrive,
Within remain no means to live,
We then may think it time to treat,
And Babylon capitulate.
A tedious time! To make it short,
Thy wise attempt will find us sport.

About the text

  • Author: Charles Jennens


  • Oboe I
  • Oboe II
  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Viola
  • Soprano
  • Alto
  • Tenore
  • Basso
  • Continuo


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