Samson, HWV 57 (George Frideric Handel)

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Numbering as used in the Novello edition

Part I

 3. Awake the trumpet's lofty sound

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 5. Awake the trumpet's lofty sound II

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16. O first-created beam

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26. Then shall they know

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31. Then round about the starry throne

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Part II

36. To dust his glory they would tread

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55. To man God's universal law

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63. Hear, Jacob's God

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66. To song and dance

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67. Fix'd in His everlasting seat

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Part III

71. With thunder armed

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76. To fame immortal go

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79. Great Dagon has subdued our foe

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85. Hear us, our God

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88. Weep, Israel, weep

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93. Glorious hero

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96. Let their celestial concerts all unite

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General Information

Title: Samson, HWV 57
Composer: George Frideric Handel

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredOratorio

Language: English
Instruments: Strings, trumpets & drums

First published: 1743

Description: Samson was first performed in London in 1743. Libretto by Newburgh Hamilton, based on Milton's Samson Agonistes

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Original text and translations

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 3. Awake the trumpet’s lofty sound;
The joyful sacred festival comes round,
When Dagon, king of all the earth, is crown’d.

 5. Awake the trumpet’s lofty sound;
The joyful sacred festival comes round,
When Dagon, king of all the earth, is crown’d.

16. O first-created beam, and thou, great word,
Let there be light! and light was over all.
One heav'nly blaze shone round this earthly ball.
To Thy dark servant life by light afford.

26. Then shall they know that He,
Whose Name Jehovah, is alone
O'er all the earth, but One,
Was ever the Most High, and still the same.

31. Then round about the starry throne
Of Him who ever rules alone,
Your heav'nly guided soul shall climb,
Of all this earthly grossness quit,
With glory crown'd for ever sit,
And triumph over Death and thee, O Time!

36. To dust his glory they would tread,
And number him amongst the dead,
Return, O God of Hosts! Behold Thy servant in distress.

55. To man God's universal law
Gave pow'r to keep his wife in awe;
Thus shall his life be ne'er dismay'd,
By female usurpation sway'd.

63. Hear, Jacob's God, Jehovah, hear!
Oh, save us, prostrate at thy throne!
Israel depends on thee alone,
Save us, and show that thou art near!

66. To song and dance we give the day,
Which shows Thy universal sway.
Protect us by Thy mighty hand,
And sweep this race from out the land.

67. Fix'd in His everlasting seat,
Jehovah, (Great Dagon), rules the world in state.
His thunder roars, heav'n shakes, and earth is aghast.
The stars, with deep amaze,
Remain in stedfast gaze.
Jehovah is (Great Dagon is) of Gods the first and last.

71. With thunder arm'd, great God, arise;
Help, Lord, or Israel's champion dies.
To Thy protection this Thy servant take,
And save, O save us, for Thy servant's sake.

76. To fame immortal go,
Heav'n bids thee strike the blow,
The Holy One of Israel is thy guide.

79. Great Dagon has subdued our foe,
And brought their boasted hero low.
Sound out his power, in notes divine.
Praise him with mirth, high cheer, and wine.

85. Hear us, our God! Oh, hear our cry!
Death, ruin, fall'n, no help is nigh,
Oh mercy, Heav'n, we sink, we die!

88. Weep, Israel, weep a louder strain;
Samson, your strength, your hero, is slain!

93. Glorious hero, may thy grave
Peace and honour ever have;
After all thy pains and woes,
Rest eternal, sweet repose!
The virgins, too, shall on their feastful days
Visit his tomb with flow'rs, and there bewail
His lot unfortunate in nuptial choice.
Bring the laurels, bring the bays,
Strew his hearse, and strew the ways.
May ev'ry hero fall like thee,
Through sorrow to felicity.

96. Let their celestial concerts all unite,
Ever to sound His praise in endless morn of light.