‘Tis kind, my friends

From Theodora, HWV 68, Part III, Scene V

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
a minor → e minor
Meter
4/4
Length
18 measures

Original English text

Modernized English text

Didymus

Didymus

— ’Tis kind, my Friends, but kinder ſtill,
’Tis kind, my friends, but kinder still,
If for this Daughter of Antiochus,
If for this daughter of Antiochus,
In Mind as noble as her Birth, your Pray’rs
In mind as noble as her birth, your prayers
Prevail, that Didymus alone ſhall die. —
Prevail, that Didymus alone shall die.
Had I as many Lives as Virtues Thou,
Had I as many lives as virtues thou,
Freely for thee I would reſign them all.
Freely for thee I would resign them all.
 
 

Theodora

Theodora

Oppoſe not, Didymus, my juſt Deſires.
Oppose not, Didymus, my just desires.
For know, that ’twas Dishonour I declin’d,
For know, that ’twas dishonour I declined,
Not Death; most welcome now, if Didymus
Not death; most welcome now, if Didymus
Were ſafe, whoſe only Crime was my Eſcape.
Were safe, whose only crime was my escape.

About the text

  • Author: Thomas Morell

Instrumentation

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

Resources

Cataloguer

May Robertson

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