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Part 1

Symphonia
a)Largo (Largo e staccato)
b)Allegro
c)Largo
d)Menuet

Recitative
David
Here in the wilderness of Paran,
Safe from Saul’s bread malice, and our potent foes,
Rest we awhile, and to the lonely place as suiting well,
Let us in solemn dirge bewail the death of righteous Samuel,
the first of prophets and the best of men.

Chorus
The righteous hall be had in everlasting remembrance,
and the wise will shine as the brightness of the firmament.
Their bodies are buried in peace, but their name liveth ever more.
Their bodies are buried in peace, but their name liveth ever more.

Accompagnato
David
Have mercy on us, Lord; our fathers cried, when press’d with hunger in this dreary Waste.
The Lord, the Lord in mercy heard their cry, and fed them with Bread of Heav’n

Aria
David
Food they ask’d, and all around
Quails and manna, sweet of taste,
wing’d the air and spread the ground,
Blessing all with kind repast.

Recitative
Asaph
No doubt, omnipotence is still the same, –
and that great God, that turn’d the javelin’s point,
when hurl’d by Saul,
will in this barren wild protect thee still,
our prophet, and our king.

Aria
Asaph
The Lord, our guide, whom we revere with love and joy,
with filial love and grateful joy.

No envious woe, nor anxious fear
Shall our firm hope, our hope destroy.

Chorus
The Lord, our guide, come, what may come,
Distress is joy and exile home.

Recitative
Abigail
How hard the woman’s fate,
by Sacred ties united to a churl, insensible of good!
Such is the lot, I am condemn’d
to mourn and find no comfort but in solitude.

Aria
Abigail
Free from discord, vile confusion,
free from splendour, vain delusion,
Seek I thee, O solitude.
O receive me and relieve me
in thy bosom, dear solitude.

Recitative
Nabal
Avaunt, unpleasing wretch .–
Is this a time to hide thyself in mournful solitude?
Or dos’t thou envy the vast store of wealth,
with which our new shorn flocks
have heap’d our barns?
Begone and leave us with more grateful
friends to celebrate our feast with manly joys.

Aria
Nabal
Still fill the bowl,
let sportive pleasure,
great as our treasure,
flow all around.
Fill, fill the bowl.

Let sportive pleasure,
great as our treasure,
flow all around
with gen’rous wine.
Fill, fill the bowl

Around the brow
your chaplets twine,
no more complaining,
Sorrow disdaining,
with roses crown’d.

Ballo and Minuet

Gavotte

Siciliana

Aria
Shepherd (For Miss Brent)
Gay and light as yonder sheep of their fleecy burthen shorn,
Let us here our revels keep, till with Songs we wake the morn.

Chorus
Gay and light as yonder sheep of their fleecy burthen shorn.

Recitative
Nabal
’Tis Carmel’s annual holiday, now bids us sing and sport and play,
let us with choice delights our time employ, sacred to harmony and joy.

Chorus
Happy, while we reign in pleasure, all the sweets of youth caressing, Happy in Carmel’s annual treasure, while we thus enjoy the blessing.



 


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