From the recording Samson at Home

<p>Andr&eacute; plays Samson's recitative on his baroque cello; Sandra accompanies at the harpsichord.</p>

Lyrics

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