Handel – My father! Ah! methinks I see

Song Information

Title: My father! Ah! methinks I see (sung by Iole in Hercules)

Music: George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

Text: libretto by Thomas Broughton.

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Song Text

My father! Ah, methinks I see
The sword inflict the deadly wound:
He bleeds, he falls in agony,
Dying he bites the crimson ground.
Peaceful rest, dear parent shade,
Light the earth be on thee laid!
In thy daughter’s pious mind
All thy virtues live enshrin’d.


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