Showcase December 2014 - page 29

part I
Sinfonia (Overture)
Tenor Arioso and Aria
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.”
Every valley shall be exalted, and
every mountain and hill made low,
the crooked straight, and the rough
places plain.
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.
Bass-Baritone Recitative
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.
Countertenor Aria
But who may abide the day of
His coming, and who shall stand
when He appeareth? For He is like
a refiner’s fire.
And He shall purify the sons of
Levi, that they may offer unto the
Lord an offering in righteousness.
Countertenor Recitative and Aria
Behold, a virgin shall conceive
and bear a Son, and shall call His
name Emmanuel, “God with us.”
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! Arise,
shine, for thy light is come, and the
glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.
Bass-Baritone Arioso and Aria
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 the
kings to the brightness of thy rising.
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.
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, Councillor, the
Mighty God, the Everlasting Father,
the Prince of Peace.
Pifa (Pastoral Symphony)
Soprano Recitatives and Ariosos
There were shepherds abiding in
the field, keeping watch over their
flocks by night.
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.
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 Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”
And suddenly there was with the
angel a multitude of the heavenly
host, praising God and saying:
Glory to God in the highest, and
peace on earth, good will towards
Soprano Aria
Rejoice greatly, O daughter
of Zion, shout, O daughter of
Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh
unto thee. He is the righteous
Savior, and He shall speak peace
unto the heathen.
Countertenor Recitative
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.
Soprano Aria
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.
Soprano and Countertenor Aria
Come unto Him, all ye that labor
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.
His yoke is easy and His burthen
is light.
part II
Behold the Lamb of God, that
taketh away the sins of the world.
Countertenor Aria
He was despised, despised and
rejected of men, a man of sorrows,
and acquainted with grief.
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.
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.
Tenor Arioso
All they that see Him, laugh Him
to scorn, they shoot out their lips,
and shake their heads, saying:
He trusted in God that He would
deliver Him, let Him deliver Him,
if He delight in Him.
Tenor Recitative and Arioso
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.
Behold, and see if there be any
sorrow like unto His sorrow.
Soprano Recitative
He was cut off out of the land of
the living, for the transgression of
thy people was he stricken.
Tenor Aria
But thou didst not leave his soul
in hell, nor didst thou suffer thy
holy one to see corruption.
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. Who is this
King of glory? The Lord of hosts:
he is the King of glory.
The Lord gave the word, great
was the company of the preachers.
Soprano Aria
How beautiful are the feet of
them that preach the gospel of
peace, and bring glad tidings of
good things.
Their sound is gone out into all
lands, and their words unto the
ends of the world.
Bass-Baritone Aria
Why do the nations so furiously
rage together: why do the people
imagine a vain thing? The kings of
the earth do rise up, and the rulers
take counsel together against the
Lord, and against His Anointed.
Let us break their bonds
asunder, and cast away their yokes
from us.
Tenor Recitative and Aria
He that dwelleth in heaven shall
laugh them to scorn, the Lord shall
have them in derision.
Thou shalt break them with a
rod of iron; Thou shalt dash them
to pieces like a potter’s vessel.
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 forever
and ever. King of Kings, and Lord
of Lords, Hallelujah!
part III
Soprano Aria
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 first fruits of them that sleep.
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
Bass-Baritone Recitative and Aria
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
The trumpet shall sound,
and the dead shall be raised
incorruptible, and we shall be
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 honor, glory and
power be unto Him that sitteth
upon the throne, and unto the
Lamb, forever and ever.
Text compiled by
Charles Jennens
from Biblical texts.
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