Thrice happy

From Solomon, HWV 67, Act III

George Frideric Handel
16 measures

English text


Thrice happy king, to have achiev’d,
What scarce will henceforth be believ’d;
When seven times around the sphere
The sun had led the new-born year,
The temple rose, to mark thy days
With endless themes for future praise.
Our pious David wish’d in vain,
By this great act to bless his reign;
But Heav’n the monarch’s hopes withstood,
For ah! his hands were stain’d with blood.

About the text

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


  • Zadok (Tenore)
  • Bassi


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