Handel's Messiah II & III

Georges Rouault, Head of Christ

George Frideric Handel

The Messiah

 Part II and Part III

The Passion and Resurrection


Click on underlined words to hear individual movements of Handel's The Messiah, Part II & III, performed by The Sixteen, Harry Christophers (Conductor), Lynne Dawson (Soprano), Catherine Denley (Contralto), David James (Counter-tenor), Maldwyn Davies (Tenor), Michael George (Bass).


Click to read the brief History of The Messiah by Handel Scholar Ruth Smith, Cambridge University.

*Part II*

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

AIR (Alto) He was 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.

CHORUS 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) All they that see him, laugh him to scorn;                  they shoot out their lips, and shake their heads saying:

CHORUS He trusted in God that He would deliver him; let Him deliver him, if He delight in him.

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 - Tenor) He was cut off
out of the land of the living
; for the transgression of Thy
people was He stricken.

AIR (Tenor) 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. (Alto) 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.
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, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.                      For as in Adam all die, 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.