7b. Oh memory

From Belshazzar, HWV 61, Act I

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
E flat major → g minor
Meter
4/4

English text

Gobrias

Oh, memory!
Still bitter to my soul! Methinks I see
My son, the best, the loveliest of mankind,
Whose filial love and duty above all sons
Made me above all other fathers happy,
I see him breathless at the tyrant’s feet,
The victim of his envy.

About the text

  • Author: Charles Jennens

Instrumentation

  • Gobrias (Basso)
  • Continuo

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