Samson, HWV 57 (Handel, George Frideric)

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Aria: Let the Bright Seraphim (Act III, Sc.3, No.86)

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Chorus: Awake the Trumpet's Lofty Sound (Act I, Sc.1, No.3)

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Aria: Why does the God of Israel sleep? (Act I, Sc.3, No.23)

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Chorus: Fix'd in his everlasting seat (Act II, Sc.4, No.60)

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Aria: Let the Bright Seraphim (Act III, Sc.3, No.86)

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Work Title Samson
Alternative. Title Samson an oratorio
Composer Handel, George Frideric
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. HWV 57
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 3 acts
Act I.
  • Scene 1
1. Overture
2. Recitative (Samson): This day, a solemn feast to Dagon held
3. Chorus of Philistines: Awake the trumpet's lofty sound!
4. Air (Philistine Woman): Ye men of Gaza, hither bring
Chorus: Awake the trumpet's lofty sound!
5. Air (Philistine): Loud as the thunder's awful voice
6. Air (Philistine Woman): Then free from sorrow, free from thrall
Chorus: Awake the trumpet's lofty sound!
7. Recitative (Samson): Why by an angel was my birth foretold
8. Air (Samson): Torments, alas, are not confin'd
  • Scene 2
9. Recitative (Micah): Oh, change beyond report, thought, or belief!
10. Air (Micah): Oh, mirror of our fickle state!
11. Recitative (Samson, Micah)
Samson. Whom have I to complain of but myself
Micah. Matchless in might! once Israel’s glory
Samson. Welcome, my friends!

Micah. Which shall we first bewail

Samson. O loss of sight, of thee I most complain!
12. Air (Samson): Total eclipse! No sun, no moon!
13. Accompagnato (Micah): Since light so necessary is to life
14. Chorus of Israelites: O first created beam!
15. Recitative (Samson, Micah, Manoah)
Samson. Ye see, my friends
Micah. The wisest men have err'd, and been deceiv'd
Samson. Oh that I had! Alas, fond wish, too late!

Micah. Here comes thy rev'rend sire, old Manoah
Samson. Alas! Another grief that name awakes.
  • Scene 3
Manoah. Brethren and men of Dan, say, where is my son?
Micah. As signal now in low dejected state
16. Accompagnato (Manoah): Oh, miserable change!
17. Recitative (Israelitish Man): Oh, ever failing trust
18. Air (Israelitish Man): God of our fathers, what is man?
19. Accompagnato (Manoah): The good we wish for, often proves our bane
20. Air (Manoah): Thy glorious deeds inspir'd my tongue
21. Recitative (Samson, Manoah)
Samson: Justly these evils have befalI'n thy son
Manoah: Worse yet remains.

Samson: This have I done
22. Accompagnato (Samson): My griefs for this
23. Air (Samson): Why does the God of lsrael sleep?
24. Recitative (Micah): There lies our hope!
25. Chorus of Israelites: Then shall they know
26. Recitative (Manoah, Samson)
Manoah. For thee, my dearest son
Samson. It should be so, to expiate my crime

Manoah. Be for thy fate contrite

Samson. Why should I live?
27. Accompagnato (Samson): My genial spirits droop
28. Recitative (Micah): Then long eternity
29. Air (Micah): Joys that are pure
30. Chorus of Israelites: Then round about the starry throne
Act II.
  • Scene 1
31. Recitative (Manoah, Samson)
Manoah. Despair not thus!
Samson. Where'er the liquid brook or fountain
Manoah. Trust yet in God!
32. Air (Manoah): Just are the ways of God to man
33. Recitative (Samson, Micah)
Samson. My evils hopeless are!
Micah. Relieve Thy champion

34. Air and Chorus (Micah, Israelites)
Micah. Return, O God of hosts! Behold
Israelites. To dust his glory they would tread,

  • Scene 2
35. Recitative (Samson, Micah, Dalila)
Micah. But who is this, that so bedeck'd and gay
Samson. My wife, my traitress?
Micah. She stands, and eyes thee fix'd
Dalila. With doubtful feet, and wav'ring resolution
Samson. Out, thou hyæna!
Dalila. I would not lessen my offence, yet beg
Samson. How cunningly the sorceress displays
36. Air (Philistine Woman / Dalila): With plaintive notes
37. Recitative (Dalila, Samson)
Dalila. Alas! Th'event was worse than I foresaw
Samson. Did love constrain thee? No, 'twas raging lust!
38. Air (Samson): Your charms to ruin led the way
39. Recitative (Dalila): Forgive what's done
40. Air and Duet (Dalila, Philistine Woman)
Dalila. My faith and truth, O Samson, prove,
Philistine Woman. Her faith and truth
41a. Chorus of Virgins: Her faith and truth
42. Air (Dalila): To fleeting pleasures
41b. Chorus of Virgins: Her faith and truth
Air (Dalila): How charming is domestic ease!
41c. Chorus of Virgins: Her faith and truth
43. Recitative (Samson, Dalila)
Samson. Ne'er think of that!
Dalila. Let me approach, at least
Samson. Not for thy life, lest fierce remembrance wake
Dalila. Thou art more deaf to pray'rs
44. Duet (Dalila, Samson): Traitor to love! I'll sue no more
  • Scene 3
45. Recitative (Micah, Samson)
Micah. She's gone!
Samson. So let her go!
46. Air (Micah): It is not virtue, valour, wit
47. Recitative (Samson): Favour'd of heaven is he
48. Chorus of Israelites: To man God's universal law
  • Scene 4
49. Recitative (Micah, Harapha, Samson)
Micah. No words of peace
Harapha. I come not, Samson, to condole thy chance
Samson. The way to know. were not to see
Harapha. Ha! Dost thou then already single me?
Samson. Boast not of what thou would'st have done
Harapha. The honour certain to have won from thee
50. Air (Harapha): Honour and arms
51. Recitative (Samson): Put on your arms
52. Air (Samson): My strength is from the living God
53. Recitative (Harapha, Samson)
Harapha.With thee, a man condemn'd
Samson. Cam'st thou for this, vain boaster?
Harapha. O Dagon! Can I hear this insolence
54. Duet (Samson, Harapha): Go, baffled coward; Presume not on thy God
55. Recitative (Micah): Here lies the proof
56. Chorus of Israelites: Hear, Jacob's God, Jehovah, hear!
57. Recitative (Harapha): Dagon, arise, attend thy sacred feast!
58. Air (A Philistine): To song and dance we give the day
59. Chorus of Philistines: To song and dance we give the day
60. Chorus of Israelites and Philistines: Fix'd in his everlasting seat
Act II.
  • Scene 1
61. Recitative (Micah, Samson, Harapha)
Micah. More trouble is behind
Samson. I fear him not, nor all his giant brood
Harapha. Samson, to thee our lords thus bid me say
Samson. I am an Hebrew
Harapha. This answer will offend
Samson. Myself, my conscience and intemal peace!
Harapha. My message, giv'n with speed
62. Air (Harapha): Presuming slave, to move their wrath!
63. Recitative (Micah, Samson)
Micah. Reflect then. Samson
Samson. Shall I abuse this consecrated gift
Micah. How thou wilt here come
64. Chorus of Israelites: With thunder arm'd, great God, arise!
65. Recitative (Samson, Micah, Harapha)
Samson. Be of good courage
Micah. In time thou hast resolv'd
Harapha. Samson, this second summons send our lords
Samson. Vain were their art if tried
Harapha. You thus may win the lords
Samson. In nothing I'll comply that's scandalous
Micah. So may'st thou act as serves His glory best
Samson. Let but that spirit
66. Accompagnato (Samson): Then shall I make Jehovah's glory
67. Air (Samson): Thus when the sun from's wat'ry bed
68. Accompagnato (Micah): With might endu'd above the sons of men
69. Air and Chorus (Micah): The Holy One of Israel be thy guide
  • Scene 2
70. Recitative (Micah, Manoah)
Micah. Old Manoah, with youthful steps
Manoah. I come, my brethren
71. Air (Philistine): Great Dagon has subdu'd our foe
72. Chorus of Philistines: Great Dagon has subdu'd our foe
73. Recitative (Manoah, Micah)
Manoah. What noise of joy was that?
Micah. They shout and sing
Manoah. Could my inheritance but ransom him
Micah. Sons care to nurse
74. Air (Manoah): How willing my paternal love
75. Recitative (Micah, Manoah)
Micah. Your hopes of his deliv'ry seem not vain
Manoah. I know your friendly minds
76. Chorus of Philistines: Hear us, our God! Oh, hear our cry!
77. Recitative (Micah, Manoah)
Micah. Noise call you this?
Manoah. Ruin indeed!
Micah. Thy son is rather slaying them

  • Scene 3
78. Recitative (Messenger, Micah, Manoah)
Messenger. Where shall I run
Micah. The accident was loud
Messenger. Let me recover breath
Manoah. Tell us the sum (etc.)
79. Air and Chorus (Micah, Israelites): Ye sons of lsrael, now lament,
80. Recitative (Manoah): Proceed we hence to find his body
81. Symphony: Dead March
82. Recitative (Micah, Manoah)
Micah. The body comes
Manoah. There shall all IsraeI's valiant youth resort
83. Air and Chorus (Manoah, Israelites): Glorious hero, may thy grave
84. Solo and Chorus (Israelite Woman, Virgins)
Israelite Woman. The virgins too shall on their feastful days
Virgins. Bring the laurels, bring the bays,
85. Recitative (Manoah, Micah)
Manoah. Come, come! No time for lamentation now
Micah. Why should we weep or wail
86. Air (Israelite Woman): Let the bright seraphim
87. Chorus of Israelites: Let their celestial concerts all unite
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1741
First Performance. 1743-02-18 in London: Covent Garden
First Publication. 1743 ?
Librettist Newburgh Hamilton (1691-1761)
after John Milton's dramatic poem, Samson Agonistes
Language English
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation voices, chorus, orchestra
Cast
Samson (tenor)
Dalila, Wife of Samson (soprano)
Micah, Friend to Samson (alto)
Manoah, Father to Samson (bass)
Harapha, a Giant (bass)
Philistine Woman, attendant to Dalila (soprano)
Israelitish Woman (soprano)
Philistine (tenor)
Israelitish Man (tenor)
Messenger (tenor)
Mixed Chorus
Chorus of Israelites

Chorus of Philistines

Chorus of Virgins
Orchestra
2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 bassoons
2 horns, 2 trumpets, timpani, strings, continuo
External Links Wikipedia article
Complete libretto
Samson - scores at Sheet Music Plus