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Handel
Deborah
English
Title Page
Act I
Act II
Act III



Act II

Scene I
Chorus of Israelites

Chorus
See, the proud Chief advances now,
With sullen March and gloomy Brow:
Jacob, arise, assert thy God,
And scorn oppression’s Iron Rod.


Scene II
Deborah, Barak, Abinoam, Jael, Chorus of Israelite Priests and Sisera attended by a Chorus of the Priests of Baal.

Recitative
Sisera
That here rebellious Arms I see,
Proud Deborah, proceeds from thee!
But, wouldst thou yet thy vain Ambition cease,
Whilst our affronted mercy offers Peace,
Bow down submissive, ere th’impending Blow
Lays thee and all thy lost associates low.

Air
Sisera
At my feet extended low,
Favour by thy Tears engage;
Or thou soon shalt, trembling, know
Slighted mercy turns to Rage.

Recitative
Deborah
Go frown, Barbarian,
Where thou art fear’d:
None but our God is here rever’d;
Our Breasts his Inspiration warms,
To vindicate our Cause by arms;
And, to thy Ruin, thou shalt know
What ’tis to find that God thy Foe.

Air
Deborah
In Jehova’s awful Sight
Haughty Tyrants are but Dust;
Those who Glory in their Might,
Place in vanity their Trust.

Recitative
Sisera
Yes, how your God in wonders can excel,
Your low Captivity demonstrates well.

Air
Sisera
Whilst you boast the wondrous Story
Of your God’s transcendent Glory,
Has he freed you from our Chain?
Think, O think, to your Confusion,
All you Trust in is Illusion;
All your flatt’ring Hopes are vain.

Air
Barak
Impious Mortal, cease to brave us
Great Jehovah soon will save us,
And his time we wait with pleasure;
All his People he’ll defend,
And on their oppressors send
Plagues and vengeance without Measure.

Recitative
Chief Priest of Baal
Behold the Nations all around,
What God like Baal is renown’d?
To him your stubborn Tribes would bow,
Did but the Slaves their Duty know.

Chorus
Baal’s Priests
O Baal, Monarch of the Skies!
To whom unnumber’d Temples rise;
From thee the Sun, immensely bright,
Receiv’d his radiant Robes of light:
By thee with Stars the Heavens glow,
The Ocean swells, and Rivers flow;
The Vales with verdure are array’d,
The flow’rs perfume the thicket’s shade;
And ’tis by the Event confess’d,
Thy votaries alone are bless’d.

Recitative
Chief Priest of the Israelites
No more! Ye Infidels, no more!
False is the God whom you adore;
A dull, Brute Idol, whose detested Shrine
None, but such wretches, can believe divine.

Chorus
Israelites
Lord of Eternity, who hast in store
Plagues for the Proud, and Mercy for the Poor;
Look down, look down from thy Celestial Throne,
And let the Terrors of thy Wrath be known!

Chorus
Israelites
Plead thy just Cause, thy awful Pow’r disclose,
Avenge thy Servants, and confound their foes.

Recitative
Deborah to Sisera and his Priests
By His great name, and His alone,
Whose Deity ye dare disown,
Whose kindled wrath ye soon shall know
Will prove him a tremendous foe;
Fly, I conjure ye, from this place,
Too sacred for a throng so base!

Sisera
We go, but ye shall quickly mourn,
In tears of blood, our dire return.

Soli & Chorus
Deborah
All your boast will end in woe.

Sisera
Farewell, despicable foe.

Baal’s Priests
Mighty Baal’s aid we crave.

Barak
Baal has no pow’r to save.

Baal’s Priests
Baal’s Pow’r yee soon shall know.

Israelites
Poor deluded Mortals, go!



Scene III

Recitative
Barak
Great Prophetess, my Soul’s on fire
To execute the ardours you inspire.
O that the fight were now begun!
My Father should not blush to call me Son.

Air
Barak
In the Battle, fame pursuing,
We’ll with Slaughter float the Plains.
And our Tyrants, low in Ruin,
Soon shall wear their Captive’s Chains.

Recitative
Abinoam
Thy ardours warm the Winter of my age,
Its weakness strengthen, and its Pains assuage;
And well dost thou our impious Foes deride;
Justice is thine, and God is on thy Side.

Air
Abinoam
Swift inundation of Desolation
Pour on the Nation of Judah’s foes;
Can Fame delight thee,
Can Heav’n incite thee,
They now invite thee to end our woes.

Recitative
Jael
O Judah, with what Joy I see
The Blessings Heav’n preserves for thee.

Air
Jael
No more disconsolate I’ll mourn,
No more sad Sackcloth wear;
From Chains to freedom we return,
To transport from despair

Recitative
Deborah
Now, Jael, to thy Tent retire,
Our Bosoms for the Battle fire;
But know, thy Solitude will thee supply
With Glory that shall never die.

Air
Jael
O the pleasure my Soul is possessing
At the Prospect of Mercies so dear.
May my Bosom be ever expressing
With what Rapture(s) my God I revere:

Recitative
Deborah
Barak, we now to Battle go,
And rush with ruin on the Foe.

Duet
Deborah
Smiling Freedom, lovely Guest,
Balmy Source of softest joy,
Mortals, by thy aid, are blest
With such Charms that never cloy.
Barak
Thy dear presence to obtain,
(Sweetly smoothing ev’ry care),
Who would dread the hostile Plain,
Who each danger would not dare?

Chorus
The great King of Kings will aid us today,
His praises let all with transport display.

 


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