Handel's Music, but Words Written After He Was Dead

RECEIVED Fri., Jan. 9, 2004

Dear Editor,
   Some time back Smarty Pants wrote that G.F. Handel (1685-1759) wrote a hymn about "interstellar space" and "light years" ["Mr. Smarty Pants," Sept. 13, 2002]. Wrong, Mr. Pants! Handel wrote the music only, for a different set of words in his oratorio "Susannah." The words you saw were by Howard Chandler Robbins, who added them to Handel's music in 1931. Check it out!
Russell Schulz
   [Sir, thank you for bringing this to my attention, but my disclaimer reads: "The above is information that Mr. Smarty Pants read in a book, magazine, or the newspaper; heard on the radio; saw on television; or overheard at a party." I believe the factoid in question was overheard on a radio playing at a party. This cleverly planned deception was not only a slap in the face to you and me, but to Robbins, and Handel. I will contact the FCC, host of the party, and the estates of Messrs. Robbins and Handel accordingly. If you e-mail me a mailing address, I will reward you with an honorary Smarty Pants bumper sticker as a small token of my appreciation.]
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