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Samson at Home

03 Recitative, Why by an angel

O'Neil, Mangsen


André plays Samson's recitative on his baroque cello; Sandra accompanies at the harpsichord.


Why by an angel was my birth foretold,
As in a fiery column ascending
From off the altar, in my parent’s sight?
Why was my nurture order’d and prescrib’d, As of a person, separate to God,
If I must die, betray’d and captiv’d thus,
The scorn and gaze of foes? Oh cruel thought! My griefs find no redress! They inward prey, Like gangren’d wounds, immedicable grown.