The Rapture (George Frideric Handel)
- 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).
Title: The Rapture
Composer: George Frideric Handel
First published: 1730 in The Musical Miscellany, Vol 4, John Watts, London
Original text and translations
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;
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;
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
Raptures flow in every Vein.