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Voices of the Prophets

Word count: 1424

Song Cycle by Alan Dudley Bush (1900 - 1995)

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1. For behold [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English after the Latin

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1 [ I am sought of them that asked not for me;
   I am found of them that sought me not:
   I said, Behold me, behold me,
   unto a nation that was not called by my name.

2  I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people,
   which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts;

3  A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face;
   that sacrificeth in gardens,
   and burneth incense upon altars of brick;

4  Which remain among the graves,
   and lodge in the monuments,
   which eat swine's flesh, and broth
   of abominable things is in their vessels;

5  Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me;
   for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose,
   a fire that burneth all the day.

6  Behold, it is written before me: I will not keep silence, 
   but will recompense, even recompense into their bosom,

7  Your iniquities, and the iniquities of your fathers together,
   saith the LORD, which have burned incense upon the mountains,
   and blasphemed me upon the hills:
   therefore will I measure their former work into their bosom.

8  Thus saith the LORD,
   As the new wine is found in the cluster,
   and one saith, Destroy it not;
   for a blessing is in it: so will I do for my servants' sakes,
   that I may not destroy them all.

9  And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah
   an inheritor of my mountains: and mine elect shall inherit it,
   and my servants shall dwell there.

10 And Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, and the valley of Achor
   a place for the herds to lie down in,
   for my people that have sought me.

11 But ye are they that forsake the LORD,
   that forget my holy mountain, that prepare a table for that troop,
   and that furnish the drink offering unto that number.

12 Therefore will I number you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down
   to the slaughter: because when I called, ye did not answer;
   when I spake, ye did not hear; but did evil before mine eyes,
   and did choose that wherein I delighted not.

13 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD,
   Behold, my servants shall eat, but ye shall be hungry:
   behold, my servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty:
   behold, my servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed:

14 Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart,
   but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart,
   and shall howl for vexation of spirit.

15 And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen:
   for the Lord GOD shall slay thee,
   and call his servants by another name:

16 That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth;
   and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth;
   because the former troubles are forgotten,
   and because they are hid from mine eyes. ]1

17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth:
   and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

18 But be ye glad and rejoice for ever
   in that which I create:
   for, behold, I create Jerusalem
   a rejoicing, and her people a joy.

19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people:
   and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.

20 There shall be no more thence an infant of days,
   nor an old man that hath not filled his days:
   for the child shall die an hundred years old;
   [but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.]1

21 And they shall build houses, and inhabit them;
   and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.

22 They shall not build, and another inhabit;
   they shall not plant, and another eat:
   for as the days of a tree are the days of my people,
   and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.

23 [They shall not labour in vain,
   nor bring forth for trouble;
   for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD,
   and their offspring with them.

24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer;
   and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.

25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together,
   and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock:
   and dust shall be the serpent's meat.
   They shall not hurt nor destroy
   in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.]1


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2. So at length the spirit of man [ sung text checked 1 time]

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So at length the spirit of man will reach out, and will reach out far
and wide, till it fills the whole world and the space far beyond with
the expansion of its divine greatness. Then at last most of the
chances and changes of the world will be so quickly perceived that to
him who holds this stronghold of wisdom hardly anything can happen in
his life which is unforeseen or fortuitous. He will indeed seem to be
one whose rule and dominion the stars obey, to whose command earth and
sea harken, and whom winds and tempests serve; to whom, lastly, Mother
Nature herself has surrendered, as if indeed some god had abdicated
the throne of the world and entrusted its rights, laws and
administration to him as governor.  So at length the spirit of man
will reach out till it fills the whole world with its divine greatness.


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3. Rouse up, O Young Men of the New Age! [ sung text checked 1 time]

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Rouse up, O Young Men of the New Age! Set your foreheads against the
ignorant hirelings! For we have hirelings in the Camp, the Court, and
the University, who would, if they could, for ever depress mental, and
prolong corporeal war. [Painters! on you I call. Sculptors!
Architects! suffer not the fashionable fools to depress your powers by
the prices they pretend to give for contemptible works, or the
expensive advertising boasts that they make of such
works:]1 believe Christ and His Apostles that there is a
class of men whose [whole]2 delight is in destroying. [We
do not want either Greek or Roman models if we are but just and true
to our own Imaginations, those Worlds of Eternity in which we shall
live for ever, in Jesus our Lord. ]1


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4. Over the years [ sung text checked 1 time]

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Over the years I hear strong voices rise from the springtime of our
 [ ... ]


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