11. Be wise, be wise at length

From Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Part I

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
E major
Meter
3/4
Tempo
Larghetto → Allegro
Length
202 measures

English text

Soprano

Be wise at length, ye kings averse,
Be taught, ye judges of the earth,
With fear Jehovah serve.

Chorus

Be wise at length, ye kings averse,
Be taught, ye judges of the earth,
With fear Jehovah serve; or brought full low,
With iron scepter bruis’d, and then dispers’d,
Scatter’d like sheep, ye perish in your way.

About the text

  • Author: Newburgh Hamilton
  • Milton, Psalm ii

Instrumentation

  • Oboe I
  • Oboe II
  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Viola
  • Soprano solo
  • Soprano
  • Alto
  • Tenore
  • Basso
  • Bassi

Notes

“After the poetry of John Milton and Edmund Spenser.
The work was written in the midst of the Jacobite rising of 1745–1746.” Wikipedia

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