Vouchsafe, dread sir

From Theodora, HWV 68, Part I, Scene I

Composer
George Frideric Handel
Key
g minor → d minor
Meter
4/4
Length
22 measures

Original English text

Modernized English text

Didymus

Didymus

Vouchsafe, dread Sir, a gracious Ear
Vouchsafe, dread sir, a gracious ear
To my Requeſt. — Let not your Sentence doom
To my request. Let not your sentence doom
To Racks and Flames, all, all, whoſe ſcrup’lous Minds
To racks and flames, all, all, whose scrup’lous minds
Will not permit them, or, to bend the Knee
Will not permit them, or, to bend the knee
To Gods they know not, or, in wanton Mood,
To gods they know not, or, in wanton mood,
To celebrate the Day with Roman rites.
To celebrate the day with Roman rites.
 
 

Valens

Valens

Art thou a Roman, and yet dar’ſt defend
Art thou a Roman, and yet dar’st defend
A Sect, rebellious to the Gods and Rome?
A sect rebellious to the gods and Rome?
 
 

Didymus

Didymus

Many there are in Antioch, who diſdain
Many there are in Antioch, who disdain
An Idol-Offering, yet are friends to Cæſar.
An idol-offering, yet are friends to Caesar.
 
 

Valens

Valens

It cannot be : They are not Cæſar’s Friends,
It cannot be: They are not Cæsar’s friends,
Who own not Cæſar’s Gods. — I’ll hear no more.
Who own not Cæsar’s gods. I’ll hear no more.

About the text

  • Author: Thomas Morell

Instrumentation

  • Didymus (Alto)
  • Valens (Basso)
  • Continuo

Resources

Cataloguer

May Robertson

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