Texts: October 2009

G.F. HANDEL: Chandos Anthems

O Sing unto the Lord a new song, HWV 249b

  1. Sinfonia
  2. Soprano solo and Chorus
    O sing unto the Lord a new song:
    sing unto the Lord, all the whole earth.
  3. Chorus
    Declare his honour unto the heathen:
    and his wonders unto all the people.
    For the Lord is great, and cannot worthily be praised:
    he is more to be feared than all gods.
  4. Air for tenor
    The waves of the sea rage horribly;
    but yet the Lord who dwelleth on high is mightier.
  5. Duet for soprano and tenor
    O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
  6. Chorus
    Let the whole earth stand in awe of him.
  7. Chorus
    Let the heavens rejoice and let the earth be glad:
    let the sea make a noise, and all that therein is.

The Lord is my light, HWV 255

  1. Sinfonia
  2. Air for tenor
    The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom then shall I fear.
    The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom then shall I be afraid?
  3. Chorus
    Though an host of men were laid against me,
    yet shall my heart not be afraid.
    Though there rose up war against me, yet will I put my trust in him.
  4. Chorus
    I will offer in his dwelling an oblation with great gladness.
    I will sing and speak praises unto the Lord.
  5. Chorus
    For who is God but the Lord: or who hath any strength except the Lord?
    The earth trembled and quaked:
    the very foundations also of the hills shook and were removed.
    He cast forth lightnings and gave his thunder and destroyed them.
  6. Chorus
    They are brought down and fall’n: but we are risen.
  7. Chorus
    O praise the Lord with me: and let us magnify his name together.
  8. Air for tenor
    The Lord is my strength and my shield,
    my heart has trusted in him, and I am helped:
    therefore my heart danceth for joy, and in my song will I praise him.
  9. Air for soprano
    It is the Lord that ruleth the sea, the Lord sitteth above the water-flood:
    and the Lord remaineth a king forever.
  10. Chorus
    Sing praises unto the Lord, O ye saints of his:
    and give thanks unto him for a remembrance of his holiness.
    I will remember thy name from one generation to another.
    Therefore shall the people give thanks unto thee,
    world without end. Amen.

I will magnify thee, HWV 250a

  1. Sinfonia
  2. Chorus
    I will magnify thee, O God, my King:
    and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.
  3. Chorus
    One generation shall praise thy works unto another:
    and declare thy power.
  4. Air for tenor
    The Lord preserveth all them that love him:
    but scatt’reth abroad all the ungodly.
  5. Air for soprano
    The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.
    He will fulfill the desire of them that fear him.
  6. Air for tenor
    Happy are the people that are in such a case,
    blessed are the people who have the Lord for their God.
  7. Tenor solo and chorus
    My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord:
    and let all flesh give thanks unto his holy name for ever and ever. Amen.

Let God arise, HWV 256a

  1. Sinfonia
  2. Chorus
    Let God arise, and let his enemies be scattered:
    let them also that hate him flee before him.
  3. Air for tenor
    Like as the smoke vanisheth, so shalt thou drive them away:
    like as wax melteth at the fire,
    so let the ungodly perish at the presence of God.
  4. Air for soprano
    Let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God:
    let them also be merry and joyful.
  5. Chorus
    O sing unto God, and sing praises unto his name.
  6. Accompagnato
    Praised be the Lord.
  7. Chorus
    At thy rebuke, O God: both the chariot and horse are fall’n.
  8. Chorus
    Blessed be God, Alleluia.