30. The sword that’s drawn in virtue’s cause

From Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Part III

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
D major
Meter
4/4
Tempo
Allegro ma non troppo
Length
68 measures

English text

Bass

The sword that’s drawn in virtue’s cause
To guard our country and its laws;
Friend, parent, children dear,
To guide its edge we Heav’n invoke;
Rebellion falls beneath the stroke,
And joy succeeds the fear.
Millions unborn shall bless the hand
That gave deliv’rance to the land.

About the text

  • Author: Newburgh Hamilton

Instrumentation

  • Violino I + Violino II
  • 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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