There are 16 days until Christmas.
George Friedrich Handel
by Gordon Snell
The eighteenth-century musicians
Wrote most majestic compositions,
but none of them could hold a candle
To that flamboyant Mister Handel
Though German born, young Handel came
To England's court to make his name.
There, in the King's esteem he grew -
But then the King was German too.
He dashed off operas by the score,
And oratorios galore.
(The latter were the most prestigious
Because their themes were so religious).
Though middle-brows may well admire works
Like Music for the Royal Fireworks,
Or say the Water Music Suite
Has got a most delightful beat,
The high-brows claim to have a ball
Listening to Samson or to Saul.
But Handel's great Messiah score
Has got a lot to answer for.
Each year, our local choirs implore us
To hear the Hallelujah Chorus,
And raucously their voices raise
To tell us Sheep May Safely Graze.
Oh, for a Christmas time embargo
On everything but Handel's Largo!