7. O, who shall pour into my swollen eyes

From Occasional Oratorio, HWV 62, Part I

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
E major
Meter
4/4
Tempo
Largo
Length
27 measures

English text

Soprano

Oh, who shall pour into my swollen eyes
A sea of tears, that never may be dry’d;
A brazen voice, that may with shrilling cries
Pierce the dull Heav’ns, and fill the air so wide;
An iron frame, that sighing may endure,
To wail the misery of the world impure?

About the text

  • Author: Newburgh Hamilton
  • Spenser, “The Tears of the Muses”, stanza 20

Instrumentation

  • 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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