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The messiah - Overture (Händel) Songtext


RECITATIVE. (Accompanied - 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.

AIR (Tenor) Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and
Hill made low, the crooked straight and the rough places plain.

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.

RECITATIVE. (Accompanied - Bass) Thus saith 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. The Lord, whom ye seek, shall
Suddenly come to His temple, even the messenger of the covenant,
Whom ye delight in: behold, He shall come, saith the Lord of Hosts.

AIR (Bass) But who may abide the day of His coming? and who
Shall stand when He appeareth? For He is like a refiner's fire.

CHORUS And He shall purify the sons of Levi, that they
May offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.

RECITATIVE. (Alto) Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son,
And shall call his name Emmanuel, God with us.

AIR (Alto) and CHORUS 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 you God! Arise, shine, for thy light is come,
And the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.

RECITATIVE. (Accompanied - Bass) For Behold, darkness shall
Cover the earth, and gross darkness the people;
But the Lord shall rise 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.

AIR (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.

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.


RECITATIVE. (Soprano) There were shepherds abiding in the field,
Keeping watch over their flock by night.

RECITATIVE. (Accompanied - Soprano) 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.

RECITATIVE. (Soprano) And the angel said unto thee,
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.

RECITATIVE. (Accompanied - Soprano) And suddenly
There was with the angel a multitude of
The heavenly host, praising God and saying:-

CHORUS Glory to God in the highest, and
Peace on earth, goodwill towards men.

AIR. (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.

RECITATIVE. (Alto) Then shall the eyes of the blind
Be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
Then shall the lame man leap as a hart, and
The tongue of the dumb shall sing.

AIR (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.

AIR (Come unto Him, all ye that labour and
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.

CHORUS His yoke is easy and His burthen is light.


CHORUS Behold the Lamb of God that
Taketh away the sin of the world.

AIR (Alto) He was the most despised and rejected of men; a man
Of sorrows and acquainted with grief. He gave His back to the
Smiters, and His cheeks to them that plucked off
The hair: He hid not His face from shame and spitting.

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. And with His stripes we are healed.

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.

RECITATIVE. (Accompanied - 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.

AIR. (Tenor) Behold, and see if there be
Any sorrow like unto His sorrow.

RECITATIVE. (Accompanied - Soprano) He was cut off
Out of the land of the living; for the transgression of Thy
People was He stricken.

AIR (Soprano) But Thou didst not leave His soul in hell;
Nor didst Thou suffer Thy Holy One to see corruption.

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 the 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 the King of Glory? The Lord of Hosts, He is the King of Glory.

RECITATIVE. (Tenor) Unto which of the angels said He at any time,
Thou art My Son, this day have I begotten Thee?

CHORUS Let all the angels of God worship Him.

AIR. (Bass) Thou art gone up on high; Thou hast
Led captivity captive, and received gifts for men,
Yea, even for Thine enemies, that the Lord God
Might dwell among them.

CHORUS The Lord gave the word, great was
The company of the preachers.

AIR. (Soprano) How beautiful are the feet of them that preach
The gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things.

CHORUS Their sound is gone out into all lands,
And their words unto the ends of the world.

AIR (Bass) Why do the nations so furiously rage together,
And who 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.

CHORUS Let us break their bonds asunder,
And cast away their yokes from us.

RECITATIVE (Tenor) He that dwelleth in heaven shall
Laugh them to scorn; the Lord shall have them in derision.

AIR (Tenor) Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron;
Thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.

CHORUS Hallelujah: for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.
The kingdom of this world has become the kingdom of our Lord,
And of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever.
King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. Hallelujah!

*Part III*

AIR (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. For now is Christ risen from the dead,
The firs-fruits of them that sleep.

CHORUS Since by man came death,

CHORUS By man came also the resurrection of the dead.

CHORUS For as in Adam all die,

CHORUS Even so in Christ shall all be made alive

RECITATIVE. (Accompanied - 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.

AIR. (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.

RECITATIVE (Alto) Then shall be brought to pass the
Saying that is written; Beats is swallowed up in victory!

DUET (Alto and 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.

CHORUS But thanks be to God, who giveth
Us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

AIR (Soprano) If God be for us, who can be against us?
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.

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 honor, 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.
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