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(18)

No. 41 Overture

 

Larghetto
Fuga

(Concerto for Organ and
Orchestra in B flat major,
Op. 7, No. 1, HWV 306)

(19)

No. 42 Accompagnato
Il Moderato (bass)

 

Hence! Boast not, ye profane,
Of vainly fancied, little tasted pleasure,
Pursu'd beyond all measure,
And by its own excess transform'd to pain.

(20)

No. 43 Air (bass)

 

Come, with native lustre shine,
Moderation, grace divine,
Whom the wise God of nature gave,
Mad mortals from themselves to save.
Keep, as of old, the middle way,
Nor deeply sad, nor idly gay,
But still the same in look and gait,
Easy, cheerful and sedate.

(21)

No. 44 Accompagnato (bass) & Chorus

 

Sweet Temp'rance in thy right hand bear,
With her let rosy Health appear,
And in thy left Contentment true,
Whom headlong Passion never knew;
Frugality by Bounty's side,
Fast friends, tho' oft as foes belied.
Chaste Love, by Reason led secure,
With joy sincere, and pleasure pure;
Happy life from heav'n descending,
Crowds of smiling years attending.
All this company serene
Join to fill thy beauteous train.
Chorus
All this company serene
Join to fill thy beauteous train.

(22)

No. 45 Air (soprano)

 

Come, with gentle hand restrain
Those who fondly court their bane;
One extreme with caution shunning,
To another blindly running.
Kindly teach, how blest are they,
Who nature's equal rules obey;
Who safely steer two rocks between,
And prudent keep the golden mean.

(23)

No. 46 Recitative (tenor)

 

No more short life they then will spend
In straying farther from its end
In frantic mirth, and childish play,
In dance and revels, night and day;
Or else like lifeless statues seeming,
Ever musing, moping, dreaming.

(24)

No. 47 Air (tenor)

 

Each action will derive new grace
From order, measure, time and place;
Till life the goodly structure rise
In due proportion to the skies.

(25)

No. 48 Duet (soprano & tenor)

 

As steals the morn upon the night,
And melts the shades away,
So truth does fancy's charm dissolve,
And rising reason puts to flight
The fumes that did the mind involve,
Restoring intellectual day.

(26)

No. 49 Chorus

 

As steals the morn upon the night,
And melts the shades away,
So truth does fancy's charm dissolve,
And rising reason puts to flight
The fumes that did the mind involve,
Restoring intellectual day.

The End of the Oratorio

 


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