Benjamin Louis Paul Godard (1849 – 1895) was a French
violinist and Romantic composer.
Jocelyn (Op. 100) is a four-act opera by Benjamin
Godard, set to a French libretto by Paul Armand
Silvestre and the tenor Victor Capoul. Based on the
poem by Alphonse de Lamartine, the action takes place
in Grenoble and the surrounding mountains during Corpus
Christi at the close of the 18th century. The score
bears a dedication "A mon ami Daniel Barton".
This opera is remembered for Godard's most enduring
composition, the tender berceuse (lullaby) for tenor,
"Oh! ne t'éveille pas encore" commonly known in English
as Angels Guard Thee.
It received its première on February 25, 1888 at Le
Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Belgium with
Pierre-Émile Engel creating the title role. A
production with a new cast, including Capoul in the
title role, opened in Paris at the
Théâtre-Lyrique-National on October 13 of the same
Although originally written for Opera, I created this
arrangement for Solo Concert (Pedal) Harp.