George Friedrich Handel successfully exposed Jealousy and Envy, which are the most
powerful of negative emotions. Handel also depicts Narcissism in a new light:
1) Handel – Hercules ‘Jealousy! Infernal pest’
“Jealousy! Infernal pest,
Tyrant of the human breast!
How from slightest causes bred
Dost thou lift thy hated head!
Trifles, light as floating air,
Strongest proofs to thee appear!”
2) Handel: Envy! Eldest born of hell!! (Saul)
“Envy! Eldest born of hell!
Cease in human breast to dwell.
Ever at all good repining,
Still the happy undermining!
God and Man by thee infested,
Thou by God and Man detested!
Most thyself thou dost torment,
At once the crime and punishment.”
(Although popular culture often uses jealousy and envy as synonyms, modern philosophers and psychologists have argued for conceptual distinctions between jealousy and envy. For example, philosopher John Rawls distinguishes between jealousy and envy on the ground that jealousy involves the wish to keep what one has, and envy the wish to get what one does not have.)
3) Handel “Semele” : “Myself I Shall Adore” :