The Rapture (George Frideric Handel)

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  • (Posted 2004-09-21)  CPDL #07921:  IMSLP.png
Editor: Christian Mondrup (submitted 2004-09-21).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 50 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: basso continuo realized by Christian Mondrup. Scroll down to The Rapture (No. 20).

General Information

Title: The Rapture
Composer: George Frideric Handel

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Soprano solo
Genre: SecularAria

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1730 in The Musical Miscellany, Vol 4, John Watts, London

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Original text and translations

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1. When I survey Clarinda's Charms,
Folded within my circling Arms,
What endless Pleasures move along,
Serenely soft, and sweetly strong;
Every Smile invites to Love;
Balmy Kisses,
Am'rous Blisses,
Every rising Charm improve.

2. Immortal Bliss, that ne'r will cloy,
Always attends her Angel Form;
Softest Repose, and blooming Joy
In her conspire the Soul to charm:
All that can Joy or Love create;
Beauteous Blessing,
Past expressing,
Round the tender Fair One wait.

3. Love on her Breast has fixt his Throne,
And Cupid revels in her Eyes;
Who can the Charmer's Power disown
When in each Glance an Arrow flies?
Yet when wounded we feel no Pain;
No, 'tis Pleasure
Above Measure,
Raptures flow in every Vein.