Ombra mai fu – Handel

Title
Ombra mai fu' (from Serse) by George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1757)

Notes
This beautiful song, often sung in churches, is from an opera. Serse seeks peace under his favourite tree and sing this aria to it. The song is, in fact, a paean of praise to the tree. (I suppose the words don't have to be printed in the programme!)

Duration
TO FOLLOW

Forces required
Either Organ only
Or Organ and Trumpet
Or Organ and Soprano
Text
Ombra mai fu
Di Vegetabile,
Care ed amabile
Soave piu.

Never has the shade of a plant been more dear, agreeable or sweet.