Isaiah 40:3-9

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.

Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made 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.

The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:

The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.

The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

O Zion, that bringest good tidings, get thee up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringest good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God!


Prepare ye the way of the Lord, composed by Michael Wise (1648-1687)

'Prepare ye the way of the Lord' - Michael Wise (1648-1687) - Kampen Boys Choir

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Isaiah 40:4

Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:

Ev’ry valley (air), from Messiah (1741) by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

Part 1 HANDEL MESSIAH on period instruments Westchester Oratorio Society Benjamin Niemczyk

[Ev’ry valley starts at approximately 5:00]
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