I'm reading an article about the composer Franz Joseph Haydn and the actor Johann Josef Felix von Kurz. They tried to create a piece of work together. And:
Hadyn couldn’t get the gist. Finally giving up, he cried, “The devil take the tempest!” running his hands together from one end of the keyboard to the other in a long glissando. It was exactly what Kurz was looking for.
I don't understand what Hadyn meant by "The devil take the tempest". Is it just some swearing expression like "what the hell"?