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The Creation
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Part 2
Part 3
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3



Recitative (Gabriel)
(Genesis: Chapter 1, verse 20)
And God said: Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl, that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.


Aria (Gabriel)
On mighty pens uplifted soars the eagle aloft, and cleaves the air in swiftest flight to the blazing sun. His welcome bids to morn the merry lark, and cooing, calls the tender dove his mate. From ev’ry bush and grove resound the nightingale’s delightful notes. No grief affected yet her breast, nor to a mournful tale were tun’d her soft enchanting lays.  


Recitative (Raphael)
(Genesis: Chapter 1, from verses 21 and 23)
And God created great whales, and ev’ry living creature that moveth. And God blessed them, saying: Be fruitful all, and multiply! Ye winged tribes, be mulitply’d and sing on ev’ry tree! Multiply, ye finny tribes, and fill each wat’ry deep! Be fruitful, grow, and multiply! And in your God and Lord rejoice!  


Recitative (Raphael)
And the angels struck their immortal harps and the wonders of the fifth day sung.


Terzetto (Gabriel, Uriel, Raphael)
Most beautiful appear, with verdure young adorn’d, the gently sloping hills. Their narrow sinuous veins distill in crystal drops the fountain fresh and bright.
In lofty circles play and hover thro’ the sky the cheerful host of birds. And in the flying whirl, the glitt’ring plumes are died, as rainbows, by the sun. 
See flashing thro’ the wet in thronged swarms the fry on thousand ways around.
Upheaved from the deep, th’ immense Leviathan sports on the foaming wave. 
How many are thy works, O God?
Who may their numbers tell?  Who, O God?
Trio (Gabriel, Uriel, Raphael and Chorus)
The Lord is great and great his might.
His glory lasts for ever and evermore. 
The Lord is great and great his might.
His glory lasts for ever and evermore. 

CD 2


Recitative (Raphael)
(Genesis: Chapter 1, verse 24)
And God said: Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind; cattle and creeping thing, and beasts of the earth after their kind.


Recitative (Raphael)
Straight opening her fertile womb, the earth obey’d the word, and teem’d creatures numberless, in perfect forms and fully grown.Cheerful, roaring, stands the tawny lion. In sudden leaps the flexible tiger appears. The nimble stag bears up his branching head. With flying mane and fiery look, impatient neighs the sprightly steed. The cattle in herds already seeks his food on fields and meadows green. And oe’r the ground, as plants, are spread the fleecy, meek and bleating flock. Unnumber’d as the sands in whirls arose the host of insects. In long dimension creeps with sinuous trace the worm.


Aria (Raphael)
Now heav’n in fullest glory shone; earth smiles in all her rich attire. The room of air with fowl is fill’d; the water swell’d by shoals of fish; by heavy beasts the ground is trod. But all the work was not complete. There wanted yet that wond’rous being, that grateful should God’s pow’r admire, with heart and voice his goodness praise.


Recitative (Uriel)
(Genesis: Chapter 1, verse 27; Chapter 2, verse 7, last line)
And God created man in his own image. In the image of God created he him.
Male and female created he them. He breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.   


Aria (Uriel)
In native worth and honor clad, with beauty, courage, strength adorn’d, to heav’n erect and tall, he stands a man, the Lord and King of nature all.
The large and arched front sublime of wisdom deep declares the seat. And in his eyes with brightness shines the soul, the breath and image of his God. With fondness leans upon his breast a partner for him form’d, a woman fair and graceful spouse. Her softly smiling virgin looks, of flow’ry spring the mirror, bespeak him love, and joy, and bliss. 


Recitative (Raphael)
(Genesis: Chapter 1, from verse 31)
And God saw ev’ry thing that he had made; and behold, it was very good; and the heavenly choir in song divine thus closed the sixth day.


Achieved is the glorious work; the Lord beholds it and is pleas’d. In lofty strains let us rejoice! Our song let be the praise of God. 
Terzetto (Gabriel, Uriel, Raphael)
On thee each living soul awaits;
from thee, O Lord, they beg their meat.
Thou openest thy hand, and sated all they are.
But as to them thy face is hid, with sudden terror they are struck. Thou tak’st their breath away; they vanish into dust.
Thou lett’st thy breath go forth again, and life with vigor fresh returns.
Revived earth unfolds new force and new delights. 
Achieved is the glorious work. Our song let be the praise of God. Glory to his name forever; he sole on high exalted reigns, alleluia.


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