Tis Dioclesian’s natal day

From Theodora, HWV 68, Part I, Scene I

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
D major → f sharp minor
Meter
4/4
Length
11 measures

Original English text

Modernized English text

Valens

Valens

‘Tis Dioclesian’s Natal Day. —
‘Tis Dioclesian’s natal day.
Proclaim, throughout the bounds of Antioch,
Proclaim, throughout the bounds of Antioch
A Feast, and ſolemn Sacrifice to Jove. —
A feast, and solemn sacrifice to Jove.
Whoso diſdains to join the ſacred Rites,
Whoso disdains to join the sacred rites
Shall feel our Wrath, in Chastisement, or Death.
Shall feel our wrath, in chastisement, or death.
And this, Septimius, take you in Charge.
And this, Septimius, take you in charge.

About the text

  • Author: Thomas Morell

Instrumentation

  • Valens (Basso)
  • Continuo

Resources

Cataloguer

May Robertson

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