28. When warlike ensigns wave on high

From Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Part III

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
G major
Meter
4/4
Tempo
Allegro
Length
128 measures

English text

Soprano

When warlike ensigns wave on high,
And trumpets pierce the vaulted sky,
The frighted peasant sees his field
For corn and iron harvest yield.
No pasture now the plain affords,
And scythes are straighten’d into swords.
Be calm, and Heav’n will soon dispose
To future good our present woes.

About the text

  • Author: Newburgh Hamilton

Instrumentation

  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Soprano
  • 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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