Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Prepare ye the way (Handel)

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. 
Ev’ry valley shall be exalted, and ev’ry 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… 

To hear this passage from Handel’s Messiah, click on the video below.  It begins right after the overture, at 5:10.

To read more about Handel's Messiah, click here.

Image source:  The Preaching of St. John the Baptist, by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1566).  To read more about this painting, click here.  
See also:  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/ce/Brueghel_l%27Ancien_-_La_Pr%C3%A9dication_de_Saint_Jean-Baptiste.jpg/400px-Brueghel_l%27Ancien_-_La_Pr%C3%A9dication_de_Saint_Jean-Baptiste.jpg 

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