Fly, fly, my brethren!

From Theodora, HWV 68, Part I, Scene IV

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
f sharp minor → e minor
Meter
4/4
Length
17 measures

Original English text

Modernized English text

Meſſenger

Messenger

— Fly, fly, my Brethren, Heathen Rage
--- Fly, fly, my brethren! Heathen rage
Perſues us ſwift, —
Pursues us swift,
Arm’d with the Terrors of inſulting Death.
Armed with the terrors of insulting death.

Irene

Irene

Ah! whither ſhould we fly? or fly from whom?
Ah! whither should we fly, or fly from whom?
The Lord is ſtill the ſame, to day, for ever :
The Lord is still the same, today, for ever,
And his Protection here, and ev’ry where. —
And his protection here, and ev’rywhere.
— Tho’ gath’ring round our deſtin’d Heads
Though gathering round our destined heads
The Storm now thickens, and looks big with Fate;
The storm now thickens, and looks big with fate,
Still ſhall thy Servants wait on Thee, O Lord,
Still shall thy servants wait on thee, O Lord,
And in thy ſaving Mercy put their Trust.
And in thy saving mercy put their trust.

About the text

  • Author: Thomas Morell

Instrumentation

  • Messenger (Tenore)
  • Irene (Mezzosoprano)
  • Continuo

Resources

Contributor

May Robertson

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