O save me, Heav’n

From Theodora, HWV 68, Part II, Scene V

George Frideric Handel
c minor → A major
31 measures

Original English text

Modernized English text



O ſave me, Heav’n, in this my perilous Hour!
O save me, Heav’n, in this my perilous hour!



Start not, much injur’d Princeſs, — I come not
Start not, much injured princess; I come not
As one this Place might give you Cauſe to dread,
As one this place might give you cause to dread,
But your Deliverer; ſent by juſt Heav’n
But your deliverer; sent by just Heav’n
To ſave the World’s unrival’d Ornament
To save the world’s unrivalled ornament
Of Virtue, Faith, and every Chriſtian Grace;
Of virtue, faith, and every Christian grace;
And that dear Ornament to Theodora,
And that dear ornament to Theodora,
Her Angel-Purity. — If you vouchſafe
Her angel-purity. If you vouchsafe
But to change Habit with — your Didymus.
But to change habit with — your Didymus.



— Excellent Youth!
Excellent youth!
I know thy Courage, Virtue, and thy Love;
I know thy courage, virtue, and thy love;
And never can conſent they ſhould deſtroy
And never can consent they should destroy
Their Author. This becomes not Theodora,
Their author. This becomes not Theodora,
But the blind Enemies of Truth. — Oh, no;
But the blind enemies of truth. Oh, no;
It muſt not be. — Yet Didymus can give
It must not be. Yet Didymus can give
A Boon, will make me happy, nor himſelf
A boon, will make me happy, nor himself
Endanger. —



— How? or what? my Soul with Tranſport
— How? Or what? My soul with transport
Liſtens to the Requeſt. —
Listens to the request.

About the text

  • Author: Thomas Morell


  • Theodora (Soprano)
  • Didymus (Alto)
  • Continuo



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