Vain are the transient beauties

From Solomon, HWV 67, Act I, Scene II

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Length
12 measures

English text

Zadok

Vain are the transient beauties of the face,
Where virtue fails to animate each grace;
Bright and more bright her radiant face appears,
Nor dreads the canker’d tooth of rolling years:
O’er such a partner comfort spreads her wing,
And all our life is one perpetual spring.

About the text

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

Instrumentation

  • Zadok (Tenore)
  • Continuo

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