Lobgesang (Hymn of Praise) BY Felix Mendelssohn
Enjoy this performance from The Mendelssohns at Benson Great Hall, Bethel University on October 15, 2022, the opening concert of the 2022-2023 Season.
- VocalEssence Chorus
- VocalEssence Ensemble Singers
- Nicholas Chalmers, tenor
- JoAnna Johnson, soprano
- Elsa Buck, soprano II
- Philip Brunelle, conductor
Sung in English
All life, all breath, all that has life and breath sing to the Lord.
Praise the Lord with lute and harp, in joyful song extolling. And let
all flesh magnify God’s bountiful glory. All that has life and breath,
sing to the Lord.
Solo and Treble Chorus
Praise thou the Lord, O my spirit, and my inmost soul praise such
great loving kindness. Praise thou the Lord, O my spirit, and forget
thou not all God’s mercies to us.
Recitative and Aria
Sing ye praise, all ye redeemed of the Lord, redeemed from the
hand of the foe, from your distresses, from deep affliction, who
sat in the shadow of death and darkness. All ye that cry in trouble
unto the Lord: sing ye praise, give ye thanks, proclaim aloud God’s
God counteth all your sorrows in the time of need. God comforts
the bereaved with kind regard. Sing ye praise. Give ye thanks!
Proclaim aloud God’s goodness.
All ye that cried unto the Lord in distress and deep affliction, God
counteth all your sorrows in the time of need.
Duet and Chorus
I waited for the Lord, who inclined unto me and heard my complaint.
O blessed are they that hope and trust in the Lord.
Sorrows of death had closed all around me and hell’s dark terror
had got hold upon me with trouble and deep heaviness. But, said
the Lord: Come, arise from the dead – I bring thee salvation.
We called through the darkness: Guardian, will the night soon
pass? The guardian only said: Though the morning will come, the
night will come also. Return again, ask ye, inquire ye: Guardian,
will the night soon pass?
The night is departing!
The night is departing, the day is approaching. Therefore, let us
cast off the works of darkness, let us gird on the armor of light.
Now thank we all our God with heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in whom God’s world rejoices.
Who, from our parents’ arms has blessed us on our way,
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.
All praise and thanks to God Creator now be given,
The Son, and Holy Ghost who reign in highest heaven.
The one eternal God, whom earth and heaven adore,
For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.
My song shall be always thy mercy, singing Thy praise, thou only
God. My tongue ever speaks the goodness Thou hast done unto me.
I wander in night and foulest darkness and mine enemies stand
threatening around me, yet called I upon the name of the Lord, and
God redeemed me with watchful goodness.
Ye nations, offer to the Lord glory and might. Ye monarchs, offer
to the Lord glory and might. O heaven, offer to the Lord glory and
might. All nature, offer to the Lord glory and might.
O give thanks to the Lord, praise God all ye people and ever bless
that holy name. Sing to the Lord and ever bless that holy name. All
that has life and breath sing to the Lord, Hallelujah. Sing to the Lord.
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