Undaunted in the court

From Theodora, HWV 68, Part III, Scene III

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
B flat major → f minor
Meter
4/4
Length
17 measures

Original English text

Modernized English text

Meſſenger

Messenger

Undaunted in the Court ſtands Didymus,
Undaunted in the court stands Didymus,
Virtuouſly proud of reſcued Innocence;
Virtuously proud of rescued innocence;
But vain to ſave the generous Hero’s Life,
But vain to save the generous hero’s life,
Are all Intreaties, even from Romans vain. —
Are all entreaties, even from Romans vain.
And high enrag’d the Preſident proteſts,
And high enraged the president protests,
Shou’d he regain the Fugitive, no more
Should he regain the fugitive, no more
To try her with the Fear of Infamy,
To try her with the fear of infamy,
But with the Terrors of a cruel Death. —
But with the terrors of a cruel death.
 
 

Irene

Irene

Ah! Theodora, whence this ſudden Change
Ah! Theodora, whence this sudden change
From Grief’s pale Looks, to Looks of red’ning Joy?
From grief’s pale looks, to looks of red’ning joy?

About the text

  • Author: Thomas Morell

Instrumentation

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

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May Robertson

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