33. Tyrants, whom no cov’nants bind

From Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Part III

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
A major
Meter
4/4
Tempo
Pomposo → adagio → a tempo
Length
110 measures

English text

Tenor

Tyrants, whom no cov’nants bind,
Nor solemn oaths can awe,
Strove to enslave the freeborn mind,
Religion, libberty, and law.
Its own viceregent Heaven ordains
To free the world, and break the oppressor’s chains.
Tyrants…

About the text

  • Author: Newburgh Hamilton

Instrumentation

  • Violino I + Violino II
  • Tenore
  • 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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