May 16

He was despised, from Messiah (Isaiah 53:3; 50:6) – George F. Handel

George Frideric Handel's autograph manuscript ...

George Frideric Handel's autograph manuscript of the title page of Messiah, 1741 (Photo via Wikipedia)

Isaiah 53:3a; 50:6

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.


He was despised (air), from Messiah (1741) by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

[He was despised starts at approximately 54:45]
Performed by the Academy of Ancient Music and the Choir of Westminster Abbey, with conductor Christopher Hogwood
Soloist Carolyn Watkinson



Messiah, Edited by Watkins Shaw, Novello Handel Edition. 257 pages


Choral Public Domain Library

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