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==General Information==
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==General information==
  
The Messiah (HWV 56, 1741) is an oratorio by [[George Frederic Handel|Handel]].  
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The Messiah (HWV 56, 1741) is an oratorio by [[George Frideric Handel|Handel]]. It is organised in three acts.
It is organised in three acts.
 
  
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==Musical setting==
  
==Musical Setting==
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*[[Messiah, HWV 56 (George Frideric Handel)|''Messiah, HWV 56'']] ''page for links to Messiah sheet music
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==Text==
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===Part I===
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====Comfort ye====
  
*[[Messiah, HWV 56 (George Frederic Handel)|''Messiah, HWV 56'']]  ''page for links to Messiah sheet music
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''Tenor''
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Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.
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Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned.
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The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness; prepare ye the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.   ''(Isaiah 40:1-3)''
  
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====Every valley shall be exalted====
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''Tenor''
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Ev'ry valley shall be exalted, and ev'ry mountain and hill made low; the crooked straight and the rough places plain.   ''(Isaiah 40:4)''
  
==Original Text==
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====And the glory of the Lord====
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''Chorus''
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And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.   ''(Isaiah 40:5)''
  
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====Thus saith the Lord====
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''Bass''
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Thus saith the Lord, the Lord of hosts: Yet once a little while and I will shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land.
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And I will shake all nations; and the desire of all nations shall come.   ''(Haggai 2:6-7)''
  
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The Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the messenger of the Covenant, whom you delight in; behold, He shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.   (Malachi 3:1)
  
===Comfort Ye===
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====But who may abide====
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''Bass, Alto, or Soprano''
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But who may abide the day of His coming, and who shall stand when He appeareth? For He is like a refiner's fire.   ''(Malachi 3:2)''
  
Comfort ye!<br>
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====And He shall purify====
comfort ye my people!<br>
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''Chorus''
saith your God. <br>
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And He shall purify the sons of Levi, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. &nbsp; ''(Malachi&nbsp;3:3)''
Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, <br>
 
and cry unto her
 
that her warfare is
 
accomplish'd,<br> that her
 
iniquity is pardon'd.<br>
 
The voice of him that  
 
crieth in the wilderness, <br>
 
Prepare ye the way of the  
 
Lord, <br>make straight in the
 
desert a highway for our God.<br>
 
  
===Every Valley shall be exalted===
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====Behold, a virgin shall conceive====
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''Alto''
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Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call His name Emmanuel, God with us. &nbsp; ''(Isaiah&nbsp;7:14&nbsp;=&nbsp;Matthew&nbsp;1:23)''
  
Ev'ry valley shall be exalted,<br>
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====O thou that tellest====
and every mountain and hill made low,<br>
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''Alto''
the crooked straight, <br>
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O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion, get thee up into the high mountain. O thou that tellest good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, behold your God! &nbsp; ''(Isaiah&nbsp;40:9)''
and the rough places plain.<br>
 
  
===And the Glory of the Lord===
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Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. &nbsp; ''(Isaiah&nbsp;60:1)''
  
And the glory of the Lord
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''Chorus''
shall be revealed.<br>
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O thou that tellest. . . ''da capo''
And all flesh shall see it together:<br>
 
for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.<br>
 
  
===Thus saith the Lord===
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====For behold, darkness shall cover====
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''Bass''
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For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people; but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee.
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And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. &nbsp; ''(Isaiah&nbsp;60:2-3)''
  
Thus saith the Lord of Hosts;<br>
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====The people that walked in darkness====
Yet once a little while <br>
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''Bass''
and I will shake the heav'ns and the earth, <br>
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The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light;
the sea and the dry land.<br>
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and they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. &nbsp; ''(Isaiah&nbsp;9:2)''
And I will shake all nations,<br>
 
and the desire of all nations shall come.<br>
 
The Lord whom ye seek, <br>
 
shall suddenly come to His temple,<br>
 
ev'n the messenger of the covenant, <br>
 
whom ye delight in,<br>
 
Behold, He shall come, <br>
 
saith the Lord of Hosts.<br>
 
  
===But who may abide===
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====For unto us a child is born====
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''Chorus''
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For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. &nbsp; ''(Isaiah&nbsp;9:6)''
  
But who may abide
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====There were shepherds====
the day of His coming? <br>
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''Soprano''
and who shall stand
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There were shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night. &nbsp; ''(Luke&nbsp;2:8)''
when He appeareth? <br>
 
For He is like a refiner's fire.<br>
 
  
===And He shall purify===
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And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid. &nbsp; ''(Luke&nbsp;2:9)''
  
And He shall purify
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====And the angel said unto them====
the sons of Levi,<br>
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''Soprano''
that they may offer unto the Lord  
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And the angel said unto them: "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
an offering in righteousness.<br>
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For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." &nbsp; ''(Luke&nbsp;2:10-11)''
  
===Behold A Virgin Shall Conceive===
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====And suddenly there was with the angel====
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''Soprano''
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And suddenly there was with the angel, a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying: &nbsp; ''(Luke&nbsp;2:13)''
  
Behold,
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====Glory to God====
a virgin shall conceive, <br>
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''Chorus''
and bear a son, <br>
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"Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth, good will towards men." &nbsp; ''(Luke&nbsp;2:14)''
and shall call his name Emmanuel, <br>
 
God with us.<br>
 
  
===O thou that tellest===  
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====Rejoice greatly====
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''Soprano''
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Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem!
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Behold, thy King cometh unto thee; He is the righteous Saviour, and He shall speak peace unto the heathen. &nbsp; ''(Zechariah&nbsp;9:9-10)''
  
O! thou that tellest
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Rejoice greatly… ''da capo''
good tidings to Zion, <br>
 
get thee up
 
into the high mountain; <br>
 
O! thou that tellest
 
good tidings to Jerusalem, <br>
 
lift up thy voice with strength; <br>
 
lift it up, be not afraid; <br>
 
say unto the cities of Judah,<br>
 
Behold your God!
 
Arise, shine, <br>
 
for thy light is come, <br>
 
and the glory of the Lord
 
is risen upon thee.<br>
 
  
===For behold, darkness shall cover the earth===
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====Then shall the eyes of the blind====
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''Alto''
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Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
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Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing. &nbsp; ''(Isaiah&nbsp;35:5-6)''
  
For, behold! <br>
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====He shall feed His flock====
darkness shall cover
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''Soprano (& Alto)''
the earth, <br>
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He shall feed His flock like a shepherd; and He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those that are with young. &nbsp; ''(Isaiah&nbsp;40:11)''
and gross darkness
 
the people; <br>
 
but the Lord shall
 
arise upon thee, <br>
 
and His glory shall
 
be seen upon thee.<br>
 
And the Gentiles shall
 
come to thy light, <br>
 
and kings to the brightness
 
of thy rising.<br>
 
  
===The people that walked in darkness===
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Come unto Him, all ye that labour, come unto Him that are heavy laden, and He will give you rest.
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Take his yoke upon you, and learn of Him, for He is meek and lowly of heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls. &nbsp; ''(Matthew&nbsp;11:28-29)''
  
The people that walked
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====His yoke is easy====
in darkness have seen
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''Chorus''
a great light, <br>
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His yoke is easy, and His burden is light. &nbsp; ''(Matthew&nbsp;11:30)''
and they that dwell
 
in the land of the shadow
 
of death, <br>
 
upon them hath the light  
 
shined.<br>
 
  
===For unto Us a Child is born===
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===Part II===
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====Behold the Lamb of God====
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''Chorus''
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Behold the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world. &nbsp; ''(John&nbsp;1:29)''
  
For unto us a Child is born,<br>
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====He was despised====
unto us a son is given,<br>
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''Alto''
and the government shall
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He was despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. &nbsp; ''(Isaiah&nbsp;53:3)''
be upon His shoulder: <br>
 
and His name shall be called
 
Wonderful, Counsellor, <br>
 
the mighty God,
 
the everlasting Father,
 
the Prince of Peace.<br>
 
  
===There were shepherds===
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He gave His back to the smiters, and His cheeks to them that plucked off His hair: He hid not His face from shame and spitting. &nbsp; ''(Isaiah&nbsp;50:6)''
  
There were shepherds abiding
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He was despised… ''da capo''
in the field, <br>
 
keeping watch over their
 
flock by night. <br>
 
  
And lo! the angel of the Lord
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====Surely He hath borne our griefs====
came upon them, <br>
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''Chorus''
and the glory of the Lord
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Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows!
shone round about them,<br>
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He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him. &nbsp; ''(Isaiah&nbsp;53:4-5)''
and they were sore afraid.<br>
 
  
===And the Angel said unto them===
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====All we, like sheep, have gone astray====
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''Chorus''
And the angel said unto them, <br>
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All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way. And the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all. &nbsp; ''(Isaiah&nbsp;53:6)''
Fear not, for behold, <br>
 
I bring you good tidings of  
 
great joy, <br>
 
which shall be to all people. <br>
 
For unto you is born this day
 
in the city of David, a Saviour,<br>
 
which is Christ, the Lord.<br>
 
  
===And suddenly there was with the Angel===
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====All they that see him laugh him====
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''Tenor''
And suddenly there was
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All they that see Him laugh Him to scorn; they shoot out their lips, and shake their heads, saying: &nbsp; ''(Psalm&nbsp;22:7)''
with the angel a multitude <br>
 
of the heavenly host praising
 
God, and saying:<br>
 
  
===Glory to God===
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====He trusted in God====
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''Chorus''
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"He trusted in God that He would deliver Him; let Him deliver Him, if He delight in Him." &nbsp; ''(Psalm&nbsp;22:8)''
  
Glory to God in the highest, <br>
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====Thy rebuke hath broken His heart====
and peace on earth, <br>
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''Tenor''
good will towards men.<br>
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Thy rebuke hath broken His heart: He is full of heaviness. He looked for some to have pity on Him, but there was no man, neither found He any to comfort him. &nbsp; ''(Psalm&nbsp;69:20)''
  
===Rejoice greatly===
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====Behold, and see====
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''Tenor''
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Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto His sorrow. &nbsp; ''(Lamentations&nbsp;1:12)''
  
Rejoice greatly, <br>
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====He was cut off====
O daughter of Sion,<br>
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''Soprano or Tenor''
Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem,<br>
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He was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgressions of Thy people was He stricken. &nbsp; ''(Isaiah&nbsp;53:8)''
behold,
 
thy King cometh unto thee. <br>
 
He is the righteous Saviour.<br>
 
And he shall speak peace
 
unto the heathen.<br>
 
  
===Then shall the eyes of the blind===
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====But Thou didst not leave====
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''Soprano or Tenor''
Then shall the eyes of the blind
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But Thou didst not leave His soul in hell; nor didst Thou suffer Thy Holy One to see corruption. &nbsp; ''(Psalm&nbsp;16:10)''
be open'd, <br>
 
and the ears of the deaf
 
unstopped.<br>
 
Then shall the lame man
 
leap as a hart, <br>
 
and the tongue of the dumb
 
shall sing.<br>
 
  
===He shall feed===
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====Lift up your heads====
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''Chorus''
He shall feed his flock
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Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of Glory shall come in.
like a shepherd; <br>
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Who is this King of Glory? The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle.
and he shall gather the lambs
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Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of Glory shall come in.
with His arm, <br>
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Who is this King of Glory? The Lord of Hosts, He is the King of Glory. &nbsp; ''(Psalm&nbsp;24:7-10)''
and carry them in His bossom, <br>
 
and gently lead those
 
that are with young. <br>
 
  
Come unto Him,
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====Unto which of the angels====
all ye that labour<br>
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''Tenor''
come unto him that are heavy laden, <br>
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Unto which of the angels said He at any time: "Thou art My Son, this day have I begotten Thee?" &nbsp; ''(Hebrews&nbsp;1:5)''
and He will give you rest. <br>
 
Take his yoke upon you, <br>
 
and learn of him; <br>
 
for he is meek and lowly of heart, <br>
 
and ye shall find rest unto
 
your souls.<br>
 
  
===His yoke is easy===
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====Let all the angels====
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''Chorus''
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Let all the angels of God worship Him. &nbsp; ''(Hebrews&nbsp;1:6)''
  
His yoke is easy,  
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====Thou art gone up on high====
his burden is light. <br>
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''Bass, Alto or Soprano''
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Thou art gone up on high; Thou hast led captivity captive, and received gifts for men; yea, even from Thine enemies, that the Lord God might dwell among them. &nbsp; ''(Psalm&nbsp;68:18)''
  
===Behold the lamb of God===
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====The Lord gave the word====
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''Chorus''
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The Lord gave the word; great was the company of the preachers. &nbsp; ''(Psalm&nbsp;68:11)''
  
Behold the Lamb of God,<br>
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====How beautiful are the feet====
that taketh away the sin
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''Soprano or Alto (or Soprano, Alto and Chorus)''
of the world.<br>
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How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things. &nbsp; ''(Isaiah&nbsp;52:7 =&nbsp;Romans&nbsp;10:15)''
  
===He was despised===
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====Their sound is gone out====
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''Chorus (or Air for Tenor)''
He was despised and rejected
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Their sound is gone out into all lands, and their words unto the ends of the world. &nbsp; ''(Romans&nbsp;10:18 =&nbsp;Psalm&nbsp;19:4)''
of men, a man of sorrows, <br>
 
and acquainted with grief.<br>
 
He gave his back to the  
 
smiters, <br>
 
and His cheeks to
 
them that plucked off the hair,<br>
 
He hid not His face from
 
shame and spitting.<br>
 
  
===Surely He hath borne our griefs===
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====Why do the nations====
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''Bass''
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Why do the nations so furiously rage together, and why do the people imagine a vain thing?
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The kings of the earth rise up, and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord, and against His anointed. &nbsp; ''(Psalm&nbsp;2:1-2)''
  
Surely he hath borne our griefs,<br>
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====Let us break their bonds====
and carried our sorrows!<br>
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''Chorus''
He was wounded for our
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Let us break their bonds asunder, and cast away their yokes from us. &nbsp; ''(Psalm&nbsp;2:3)''
transgressions, <br>
 
he was bruised for our
 
iniquities; <br>the chastisement
 
of our peace was upon him.<br>
 
And with his stripes we are
 
healed.<br>
 
  
===All we like sheep have gone astray===
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====He that dwelleth in heaven====
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''Tenor''
All we, like sheep,<br>
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He that dwelleth in Heav'n shall laugh them to scorn; The Lord shall have them in derision. &nbsp; ''(Psalm&nbsp;2:4)''
have gone astray; <br>
 
we have turned every one to his own way; <br>
 
And the Lord hath laid on him
 
the iniquity of us all.<br>
 
  
===All they that see him laugh him to scorn===
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====Thou shalt break them====
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''Tenor''
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Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel. &nbsp; ''(Psalm&nbsp;2:9)''
  
All they that see him,<br>
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====Hallelujah====
laugh him to scorn: <br>
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''Chorus''
they shoot out their lips,<br>
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Hallelujah: for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth. &nbsp; ''(Revelation&nbsp;19:6)''
they shake their heads,<br>
 
saying.
 
  
===He trusted in God===
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The kingdom of this world is become the kingdom of our Lord,
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and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever. &nbsp; ''(Revelation&nbsp;11:15)''
He trusted in God
 
that he would deliver him:<br>
 
let him deliver him, <br>
 
if he delight in him.<br>
 
  
===Thy rebuke hath broken His heart===
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King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. &nbsp; ''(Revelation&nbsp;19:16)''
  
Thy rebuke hath broken his heart; <br>
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Hallelujah!
He is full of heaviness. <br>
 
He looked for some to have
 
pity on Him, <br>
 
but there was no man; <br>
 
neither found He any to comfort Him.<br>
 
  
===Behold, and see===  
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===Part III===
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====I know that my redeemer liveth====
Behold, <br>
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''Soprano''
and see if there be any
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I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand
sorrow like unto his
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at the latter day upon the earth.
sorrow!<br>
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And though worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God. &nbsp; ''(Job&nbsp;19:25-26)''
  
===He was cut off out of the land of the living===
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For now is Christ risen from the dead, the first fruits of them that sleep. &nbsp; ''(I&nbsp;Corinthians&nbsp;15:20)''
 
he was cut off out of the
 
the living: <br>
 
for the transgression of
 
Thy people was He stricken.<br>
 
  
===But Thou didst not leave===
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====Since by man====
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''Chorus''
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Since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
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For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. &nbsp; ''(I&nbsp;Corinthians&nbsp;15:21-22)''
  
But thou didst not leave
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====Behold I tell you====
his soul in hell; <br>
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''Bass''
nor didst thou suffer
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Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. &nbsp; ''(I&nbsp;Corinthians&nbsp;15:51-52)''
Thy Holy One to see corruption.<br>
 
  
===Lift up your heads===
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====The trumpet shall sound====
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''Bass''
Lift up your heads, <br>
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The trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
O ye gates; <br>
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For this corruptible must put on incorruption and this mortal must put on immortality. &nbsp; ''(I&nbsp;Corinthians&nbsp;15:52-53)''
and be ye lift up, <br>
 
ye everlasting doors; <br>
 
and the King of Glory shall  
 
come in!<br>
 
Who is the King of Glory? <br>
 
The Lord strong and mighty, <br>
 
the Lord mighty in battle.<br>
 
Lift up your heads, O ye gates;<br>
 
and be ye lift up, <br>
 
ye everlasting doors; <br>
 
and the King of Glory shall
 
come in. <br>
 
Who is the King
 
of Glory? The Lord of Hosts, <br>
 
He is the King of Glory.<br>
 
  
===Unto which of the angels===
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The trumpet… ''da capo''
  
For unto which of the angels
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====Then shall be brought to pass====
said He at any time, <br>
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''Alto''
Thou art my Son, <br>
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Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory." &nbsp; ''(I&nbsp;Corinthians&nbsp;15:54)''
this day have I begotten thee?<br>
 
  
===Let all the angels===
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====O death, where is thy sting?====
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''Alto & Tenor''
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O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
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The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. &nbsp; ''(I&nbsp;Corinthians&nbsp;15:55-56)''
  
Let all the angels of God  
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====But thanks be to God====
worship Him<br>
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''Chorus''
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But thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. &nbsp; ''(I&nbsp;Corinthians&nbsp;15:57)''
  
===Thou art gone up on high===
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====If God be for us====
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''Soprano''
Thou art gone up on high, <br>
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If God be for us, who can be against us? &nbsp; ''(Romans&nbsp;8:31)''
Thou hast led captivity captive,<br>
 
and received gifts for men;<br>
 
yea, even for Thine enemies,<br>
 
that the Lord God might dwell
 
among them.<br>
 
  
===The Lord gave the word===
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Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth, who is he that condemneth?
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It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is at the right hand of God, who makes intercession for us. &nbsp; ''(Romans&nbsp;8:33-34)''
  
The Lord gave the word: <br>
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====Worthy is the Lamb====
great was the company of
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''Chorus''
the preachers.<br>
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Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, and hath redeemed us to God by His blood, to receive power, and riches, and wisdom,
 
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and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
===How beautiful are the feet===
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Blessing and honour, glory and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb, for ever and ever.
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Amen. &nbsp; ''(Revelation&nbsp;5:12-14)''
How beautiful are the feet
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{{Text|German|
of them that preach the gospel
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Würdig ist das Lamm, das da starb
of peace,<br> and bring glad
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und hat versöhnet uns mit Gott durch sein Blut,
tidings of good things!<br>
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zu nehmen Stärke, und Reichtum, und Weisheit,
 
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und Macht, und Ehre, und Hoheit, und Segen,
===Their sound is gone out===
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alle Gewalt, Lob, Ehr und Preis gebühret ihm,
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der auf dem Stuhle thront, gebührt auch dem Lamm
their sound is gone out
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von nun an auf ewig, Ehre sei auch dem Lamm auf ewig,
into all lands, <br>and their
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Segen, Hoheit, Ehre und Allmacht gebühret ihm,
words unto the ends of the
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der auf dem Stuhle thront, gebührt auch dem Lamm
world.<br>
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von nun an auf ewig. Amen.}}
 
 
===Why do the nations rage?===
 
 
 
Why do the nations so furiously rage together?<br>
 
why do the people
 
imagine a vain thing?<br>
 
The kings of the earth rise up,<br>
 
and the rulers take counsel
 
together, against the Lord, <br>
 
and against His anointed.<br>
 
 
 
===Let us break their bonds===
 
 
 
Let us break their bonds
 
asunder,<br> and cast away their
 
yokes from us.<br>
 
 
 
===He that dwelleth===
 
 
 
He that dwelleth in 
 
heaven <br>shall laugh them to
 
scorn; <br>the Lord shall have
 
them in derision.<br>
 
 
 
===Thou shalt break them===
 
 
 
Thou shalt break them with a
 
rod of iron;<br> Thou shalt dash
 
them in pieces like a potter's
 
vessel.<br>
 
 
 
===Hallelujah===
 
 
 
Hallelujah! <br>for the Lord God
 
omnipotent reigneth. <br>
 
the kingdom of this world
 
is become the kingdom
 
of our Lord, <br>
 
and of His Christ: <br>
 
and He shall reign for ever
 
and ever. <br>
 
King of kings and lord of lords. <br>
 
 
 
===I know that my redeemer liveth===
 
 
I know that my redeemer liveth,<br>
 
and that He shall stand at the
 
latter day upon the earth<br>
 
And though worms destroy this
 
body, <br>yet in my flesh shall
 
I see God. <br>
 
 
For now is Christ risen
 
from the dead.<br>
 
the first fruits of them that
 
sleep.<br>
 
 
 
===Since by man===
 
 
Since by man came death, <br>
 
by man came also the
 
resurrection of the dead.<br>
 
For as in Adam all die
 
even so in Christ shall
 
all be made alive.<br>
 
 
 
===Behold I tell you===
 
 
 
Behold, I tell you a mystery!<br>
 
We shall not all sleep; <br>
 
but we shall all be changed, <br>
 
In a moment, <br>
 
in the twinkling of an eye, <br>
 
at the last trumpet.<br>
 
 
 
===The trumpet shall sound===
 
 
 
the trumpet shall sound, <br>
 
and the dead shall be raised
 
incorruptible, <br>
 
and we shall be changed.<br>
 
For this corruptible must
 
put on incorruption, <br>
 
and this mortal must put on
 
immortality.<br>
 
 
 
===Then shall be brought to pass===
 
 
 
then shall be brought to pass
 
the saying that is written,<br>
 
Death is swallowed up in
 
victory.<br>
 
 
 
===O death===
 
 
 
O death, where is thy sting?<br>
 
O grave, where is thy victory?<br>
 
The sting of death is sin;<br>
 
and the strength of sin is
 
the law.<br>
 
 
 
===But thanks be to God===
 
 
 
But thanks be to God, <br>
 
who giveth us the victory
 
through our Lord Jesus Christ.<br>
 
 
 
===If God be for us===
 
 
If God be for us, <br>
 
who can be against us?<br>
 
Who shall lay any thing to the
 
charge of God's elect? <br>
 
It is God that justifieth.<br>
 
Who is he that condemneth? <br>
 
It is Christ that died, <br>
 
yea rather, that is risen again,<br>
 
who is at the right hand of
 
God, <br>who makes intercession
 
for us.<br>
 
 
 
===Worthy is the Lamb===
 
 
 
Worthy is the Lamb that  
 
was slain <br>and hath redeemed us
 
to God by his blood,<br>
 
to receive power, <br>
 
and riches, and wisdom, <br>
 
and strength, and honour, <br>
 
and glory, and blessing.<br>
 
Blessing, and honour, <br>
 
glory and power, <br>
 
be unto Him that sitteth  
 
upon the throne, <br>
 
and unto the Lamb for ever  
 
and ever.<br>     
 
 
 
===Amen===
 
 
 
Amen.
 
  
 
==External Websites==
 
==External Websites==
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* [http://gfhandel.org/messiah.htm HWV56-Handel's Messiah]
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* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messiah_%28Handel%29 Messiah (Handel) at Wikipedia]
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* [http://www.hartfordchorale.org/Messiah.htm The Hartford Chorale about Handel's Messiah]
  
* [http://gfhandel.org/messiah.htm HWV56-Handel's Messiah]<br />
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* [http://www.hartfordchorale.org/Messiah.htm The Hartford Chorale about Handel's Messiah]<br />
 

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Contents

General information

The Messiah (HWV 56, 1741) is an oratorio by Handel. It is organised in three acts.

Musical setting

Other settings possibly not included in the manual list above

Text

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Part I

Comfort ye

Tenor Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned. The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness; prepare ye the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.   (Isaiah 40:1-3)

Every valley shall be exalted

Tenor Ev'ry valley shall be exalted, and ev'ry mountain and hill made low; the crooked straight and the rough places plain.   (Isaiah 40:4)

And the glory of the Lord

Chorus And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.   (Isaiah 40:5)

Thus saith the Lord

Bass Thus saith the Lord, the Lord of hosts: Yet once a little while and I will shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. And I will shake all nations; and the desire of all nations shall come.   (Haggai 2:6-7)

The Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the messenger of the Covenant, whom you delight in; behold, He shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.   (Malachi 3:1)

But who may abide

Bass, Alto, or Soprano But who may abide the day of His coming, and who shall stand when He appeareth? For He is like a refiner's fire.   (Malachi 3:2)

And He shall purify

Chorus And He shall purify the sons of Levi, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.   (Malachi 3:3)

Behold, a virgin shall conceive

Alto Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call His name Emmanuel, God with us.   (Isaiah 7:14 = Matthew 1:23)

O thou that tellest

Alto O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion, get thee up into the high mountain. O thou that tellest good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, behold your God!   (Isaiah 40:9)

Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.   (Isaiah 60:1)

Chorus O thou that tellest. . . da capo

For behold, darkness shall cover

Bass For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people; but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.   (Isaiah 60:2-3)

The people that walked in darkness

Bass The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light; and they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.   (Isaiah 9:2)

For unto us a child is born

Chorus For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.   (Isaiah 9:6)

There were shepherds

Soprano There were shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night.   (Luke 2:8)

And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid.   (Luke 2:9)

And the angel said unto them

Soprano And the angel said unto them: "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord."   (Luke 2:10-11)

And suddenly there was with the angel

Soprano And suddenly there was with the angel, a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying:   (Luke 2:13)

Glory to God

Chorus "Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth, good will towards men."   (Luke 2:14)

Rejoice greatly

Soprano Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, thy King cometh unto thee; He is the righteous Saviour, and He shall speak peace unto the heathen.   (Zechariah 9:9-10)

Rejoice greatly… da capo

Then shall the eyes of the blind

Alto Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing.   (Isaiah 35:5-6)

He shall feed His flock

Soprano (& Alto) He shall feed His flock like a shepherd; and He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.   (Isaiah 40:11)

Come unto Him, all ye that labour, come unto Him that are heavy laden, and He will give you rest. Take his yoke upon you, and learn of Him, for He is meek and lowly of heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls.   (Matthew 11:28-29)

His yoke is easy

Chorus His yoke is easy, and His burden is light.   (Matthew 11:30)

Part II

Behold the Lamb of God

Chorus Behold the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world.   (John 1:29)

He was despised

Alto He was despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.   (Isaiah 53:3)

He gave His back to the smiters, and His cheeks to them that plucked off His hair: He hid not His face from shame and spitting.   (Isaiah 50:6)

He was despised… da capo

Surely He hath borne our griefs

Chorus Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows! He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him.   (Isaiah 53:4-5)

All we, like sheep, have gone astray

Chorus All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way. And the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.   (Isaiah 53:6)

All they that see him laugh him

Tenor All they that see Him laugh Him to scorn; they shoot out their lips, and shake their heads, saying:   (Psalm 22:7)

He trusted in God

Chorus "He trusted in God that He would deliver Him; let Him deliver Him, if He delight in Him."   (Psalm 22:8)

Thy rebuke hath broken His heart

Tenor Thy rebuke hath broken His heart: He is full of heaviness. He looked for some to have pity on Him, but there was no man, neither found He any to comfort him.   (Psalm 69:20)

Behold, and see

Tenor Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto His sorrow.   (Lamentations 1:12)

He was cut off

Soprano or Tenor He was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgressions of Thy people was He stricken.   (Isaiah 53:8)

But Thou didst not leave

Soprano or Tenor But Thou didst not leave His soul in hell; nor didst Thou suffer Thy Holy One to see corruption.   (Psalm 16:10)

Lift up your heads

Chorus Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of Glory shall come in. Who is this King of Glory? The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of Glory shall come in. Who is this King of Glory? The Lord of Hosts, He is the King of Glory.   (Psalm 24:7-10)

Unto which of the angels

Tenor Unto which of the angels said He at any time: "Thou art My Son, this day have I begotten Thee?"   (Hebrews 1:5)

Let all the angels

Chorus Let all the angels of God worship Him.   (Hebrews 1:6)

Thou art gone up on high

Bass, Alto or Soprano Thou art gone up on high; Thou hast led captivity captive, and received gifts for men; yea, even from Thine enemies, that the Lord God might dwell among them.   (Psalm 68:18)

The Lord gave the word

Chorus The Lord gave the word; great was the company of the preachers.   (Psalm 68:11)

How beautiful are the feet

Soprano or Alto (or Soprano, Alto and Chorus) How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things.   (Isaiah 52:7 = Romans 10:15)

Their sound is gone out

Chorus (or Air for Tenor) Their sound is gone out into all lands, and their words unto the ends of the world.   (Romans 10:18 = Psalm 19:4)

Why do the nations

Bass Why do the nations so furiously rage together, and why do the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth rise up, and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord, and against His anointed.   (Psalm 2:1-2)

Let us break their bonds

Chorus Let us break their bonds asunder, and cast away their yokes from us.   (Psalm 2:3)

He that dwelleth in heaven

Tenor He that dwelleth in Heav'n shall laugh them to scorn; The Lord shall have them in derision.   (Psalm 2:4)

Thou shalt break them

Tenor Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.   (Psalm 2:9)

Hallelujah

Chorus Hallelujah: for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.   (Revelation 19:6)

The kingdom of this world is become the kingdom of our Lord, and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever.   (Revelation 11:15)

King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.   (Revelation 19:16)

Hallelujah!

Part III

I know that my redeemer liveth

Soprano I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. And though worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.   (Job 19:25-26)

For now is Christ risen from the dead, the first fruits of them that sleep.   (I Corinthians 15:20)

Since by man

Chorus Since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.   (I Corinthians 15:21-22)

Behold I tell you

Bass Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.   (I Corinthians 15:51-52)

The trumpet shall sound

Bass The trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption and this mortal must put on immortality.   (I Corinthians 15:52-53)

The trumpet… da capo

Then shall be brought to pass

Alto Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory."   (I Corinthians 15:54)

O death, where is thy sting?

Alto & Tenor O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.   (I Corinthians 15:55-56)

But thanks be to God

Chorus But thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.   (I Corinthians 15:57)

If God be for us

Soprano If God be for us, who can be against us?   (Romans 8:31)

Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth, who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is at the right hand of God, who makes intercession for us.   (Romans 8:33-34)

Worthy is the Lamb

Chorus Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, and hath redeemed us to God by His blood, to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. Blessing and honour, glory and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb, for ever and ever. Amen.   (Revelation 5:12-14)

German.png German text

Würdig ist das Lamm, das da starb
und hat versöhnet uns mit Gott durch sein Blut,
zu nehmen Stärke, und Reichtum, und Weisheit,
und Macht, und Ehre, und Hoheit, und Segen,
alle Gewalt, Lob, Ehr und Preis gebühret ihm,
der auf dem Stuhle thront, gebührt auch dem Lamm
von nun an auf ewig, Ehre sei auch dem Lamm auf ewig,
Segen, Hoheit, Ehre und Allmacht gebühret ihm,
der auf dem Stuhle thront, gebührt auch dem Lamm
von nun an auf ewig. Amen.

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