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Handel
Allegro
English
Introduction
Introduction
Part the First
Part the Second
Part the Third
German
Introduction
Part the First
Part the Second
Part the Third

Part the First


(2)

No. 2 Accompagnato

 

L'Allegro (tenor)
Hence, loathed Melancholy,
Of Cerberus and blackest Midnight born,
In Stygian cave forlorn,
eMongst horrid shapes, and shrieks, and sights unholy!
Find out some uncouth cell,
Where brooding Darkness spreads his jealous wings,
And the night-raven sings;
There, under ebon shades, and low-brow'd rocks,
As ragged as thy locks,
In dark Cimmerian desert ever dwell.

(3)

No. 3 Accompagnato
Il Penseroso (soprano)

 

Hence, vain deluding Joys,
Dwell in some idle brain,
And fancies fond with gaudy shapes possess,
As thick and numberless
As the gay motes that people the sunbeams;
Or likest hov'ring dreams,
The fickle pensioners of Morpheus' train.

(4)

No. 4 Air
L'Allegro (soprano)

 

Come, thou goddess fair and free,
In Heav'n yclep'd Euphrosyne,
And by men, heart-easing Mirth;
Whom lovely Venus, at a birth,
With two sister Graces more,
To ivy-crowned Bacchus bore.

(5)

No. 5 Air
Il Penseroso (soprano)

 

Come rather, goddess, sage and holy;
Hail, divinest Melancholy!
Whose saintly visage is too bright
To hit the sense of human sight;
Thee bright-hair'd Vesta, long of yore,
To solitary Saturn bore.

(6)

No. 6, Air & Chorus
L'Allegro (tenor)

 

Haste thee, Nymph, and bring with thee
Jest, and youthful Jollity,
Quips, and Cranks, and wanton Wiles,
Nods, and Becks, and wreathed Smiles,
Such as hang on Hebe's cheek,
And love to live in dimple sleek;
Sport that wrinkled care derides,
And Laughter, holding both his sides.
Chorus
Haste thee, Nymph, and bring with thee
Jest and youthful Jollity,
Sport that wrinkled care derides,
And Laughter, holding both his sides.

(7)

No. 7 Air (tenor) & Chorus

 

Come, and trip it as you go
On the light fantastic toe.
Chorus
Come, and trip it as you go
On the light fantastic toe.

(8)

No. 8 Accompagnato
Il Penseroso (soprano)

 

Come, pensive Nun, devout and pure,
Sober, steadfast and demure,
All in a robe of darkest grain,
Flowing with majestic train.

(9)

No. 9 Arioso (soprano)

 

Come, but keep thy wonted state,
With even step, and musing gait,
And looks commercing with the skies,
Thy rapt soul sitting in thine eyes.

(10)

No.10 Accompagnato, Arioso (soprano) & Chorus

 

There held in holy passion still,
Forget thyself to marble, till
With a sad, leaden, downward cast
Thou fix them on the earth as fast:
And join with thee calm Peace and Quiet,
Spare Fast, that oft with gods doth diet,
And hears the Muses in a ring
Round about Jove's altar sing.
Chorus
Join with thee calm Peace and Quiet,
Spare Fast, that oft with gods doth diet.

(11)

No. 11 Recitative
L'Allegro (tenor)

 

Hence, loathed Melancholy!
In dark Cimmerian desert ever dwell.
But haste thee, Mirth, and bring with thee
The mountain nymph, sweet Liberty.
Soprano
And if I give thee honour due,
Mirth, admit me of thy crew.

(12)

No. 12 Air (soprano)

 

Mirth, admit me of thy crew,
To live with her and live with thee,
In unreproved pleasures free;
To hear the Lark begin his flight,
And singing startle the dull Night.
Then to come, in spite of sorrow,
And at my window bid good morrow.
Mirth, admit me of thy crew!

(13)

No. 13, Accompagnato
Il Penseroso (soprano)

 

First and chief, on golden wing,
The Cherub Contemplation bring;
And the mute Silence hist along,
eLess Philomel will deign a song,
In her sweetest, saddest plight,
Smoothing the rugged brow of Night.

(14)

No. 14 Air (soprano)

 

Sweet bird, that shunn'st the noise of Folly,
Most musical, most melancholy!
Thee, Chauntress, oft the woods among
I woo, to hear thy even-song.
Or missing thee, I walk unseen
On the dry smooth-shaven green,
To behold the wand'ring moon,
Riding near her highest noon.

(15)

No. 15 Recitative
L'Allegro (bass)

 


If I give thee honour due,
Mirth, admit me of thy crew!

(16)

No. 16 Air (bass)

 

Mirth, admit me of thy crew,
To listen how the hounds and horn
Cheerly rouse the slumb'ring morn,
From the side of some hoar hill,
Through the high wood echoing shrill.

(17)

No. 17 Air
Il Penseroso (soprano)

 

Oft, on a plat of rising ground,
I hear the far-off curfew sound,
Over some wide-water'd shore,
Swinging slow, with sullen roar;
Or if the air will not permit,
Some still removed place will fit,
Where glowing embers, through the room,
Teach light to counterfeit a gloom.

(18)

No. 18 Air (soprano)

 

Far from all resort of mirth,
Save the cricket on the hearth,
Or the bellman's drowsy charm
To bless the doors from nightly harm.

(19)

No. 19 Recitative
L'Allegro (tenor)

 

If I give thee honour due,
Mirth, admit me of thy crew!

(20)

No. 20 Air (tenor)

 

Let me wander not unseen
By hedgerow elms, on hillocks green:
There the ploughman, near at hand,
Whistles o'er the furrow'd land,
And the milkmaid singeth blithe,
And the mower whets his scythe,
And every shepherd tells his tale
Under the hawthorn in the dale.

(21)

No. 21 Air (soprano)

 

Straight mine eye hath caught new pleasures,
While the landskip round it measures:
Russet lawns, and fallows gray,
Where the nibbling flocks do stray.

(22)

No. 22 Accompagnato (bass)

 

Mountains, on whose barren breast
The lab'ring clouds do often rest;
Meadows trim with daisies pied,
Shallow brooks, and rivers wide;
Towers and battlements it sees,
Bosom'd high in tufted trees.

(23)

No. 23 Air (soprano) & Chorus

 

Or let the merry bells ring round,
And the jocund rebecks sound
To many a youth, and many a maid,
Dancing in the chequer'd shade.
Chorus
And young and old come forth to play
On a sunshine holiday,
Till the live-long daylight fail.
Thus past the day, to bed they creep,
By whisp'ring winds soon lull'd asleep.


End of Part the First

 


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