20. Can I see my infant gor’d

From Solomon, HWV 67, Act II, Scene III

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
f minor
Meter
4/4
Tempo
Largo
Length
69 measures

English text

First Harlot

Can I see my infant gor’d
With the fierce relentless sword?
Can I see him yield his breath,
Smiling at the hand of death?
And behold the purple tides
Gushing down his tender sides?
Rather be my hopes beguil’d,
Take him all, but spare my child.

About the text

  • Author: Moses Mendes?
  • Bible: the First Book of Kings and the Second Book of Chronicle

Instrumentation

  • Violino I
  • Violino II
  • Viola
  • First woman (Soprano)
  • Bassi

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