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Haydn
The Creation
English
Introduction
introduction
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
German
Introduction
introduction
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

PART III


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Recitative (Uriel)
In rosy mantle appears, by tunes sweet awak’d, the morning young and fair. From the celestial vaults pure harmony descends on ravished earth. Behold the blissful pair, where hand in hand they go! Their flaming looks express what feels the grateful heart. A louder praise of God their lips shall utter soon. Then let our voices ring, united with their song!  

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Duet (Eve, Adam and Chorus)
EVE AND ADAM
By thee with bliss, O bounteous Lord, the heav’n and earth are stor’d. This world, so great, so wonderful, thy mighty hand has fram’d.
CHORUS
For ever blessed be his pow’r!
His name be ever magnified!
ADAM
Of stars the fairest, O how sweet thy smile at dawning morn! How brighten’st thou, o Sun, the day, thou eye and soul of all!
CHORUS
Proclaim in your extended course
th’ almighty pow’r and praise of God!
EVE
And thou, that rul’st the silent night, and all ye starry host, spread wide and ev’ry where his praise in choral songs about.
ADAM
Ye strong and comb’rous elements, who ceaseless changes make, ye dusky mists and dewy streams that rise and fall thro’ th’ air . . .
EVE, ADAM
...Resound the praise of God our Lord!
CHORUS
Resound the praise of God our Lord!
ALL
Resound the praise of God our Lord!
Great is his name, and great his might.
EVE
Ye purling fountains, tune his priase, and wave your tops, ye pines! Ye plants, exhale, ye flowers breathe at him your balmy scent!  
ADAM
Ye, that on mountains stately tread, and ye, that lowly creep; ye birds that sing at heaven’s gate, and ye, that swim the stream . . .
EVE, ADAM
...Ye living souls, extol the Lord!
CHORUS
Ye living souls, extol the Lord!
ALL
Him celebrate, him magnify!
ADAM, EVE
Ye vallies, hills, and shady woods, our raptur’d notes ye heard; from morn till ev’n you shall repeat our grateful hymns of praise!
CHORUS
Hail, bounteous Lord! Almighty, hail!
Thy word call’d forth this wond’rous frame.
Thy pow’r adore the heav’n and earth;
we praise thee now and evermore.

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Recitative (Adam and Eve)
ADAM
Our duty we performed now, in off’ring up to God our thanks. Now follow me, dear partner of my life! Thy guide I’ll be, and and ev’ry step pours new delight into our breast, shews wonders ev’ry where. Then may’st thou feel and know the high degree of bliss the Lord allotted us, and with devoted heart his bounty celebrate. Come, follow me! Thy guide I’ll be.
EVE
O thou for whom I am! My help, my shield, my all! Thy will is law to me. So God, our Lord, ordains, and from obedience grows my pride and happiness.  

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Duet (Adam and Eve)
ADAM
Graceful consort! At thy side softly fly the golden hours. Ev’ry moment brings new rapture, ev’ry care is put to rest.
EVE
Spouse adored! At thy side purest joys o’erflow the heart. Life and all I am is thine; my reward thy love shall be.
ADAM
The dew-dropping morn, O how she quickens all!
EVE
The coolness of ev’n, O how she all restores!
ADAM
How grateful is of fruits the savour sweet!
EVE
How pleasing is of fragrant bloom the smell!
ADAM, EVE
But, without thee, what is to me the morning dew, the breath of even, the sav’ry fruit, the fragrant bloom? With thee is ev’ry joy enhanced, with thee delight is ever new; with thee is life incessant bliss; thine it whole shall be.

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Recitative (Uriel)
O happy pair, and always happy yet, if not,  misled by false conceit, ye strive at more, as granted is, and more to know, as know ye should!

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Chorus with Soloists
Sing the Lord, ye voices all! Utter thanks ye all his works! Celebrate his pow’r and glory! Let his name resound on high! The Lord is great, his praise shall last for aye. Amen! Amen!

   

 


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