Music and Might. Beauty and Bravery.

The fortieth chapter of the brave lyric which we call the book of Isaiah is one of the symphonies scattered here and yonder through this huge, blessed old book we call the Bible. Rarely does one come across an extended passage where there is music and might, beauty and bravery, poetry and power, so perfectly blended as in the fortieth chapter of Isaiah. It begins, “Comfort ye, comfort ye my people.” (Handel has taken almost this entire chapter and set it to the glad thunders of his oratorio, Messiah.) At the end of the chapter, like a tremendous climax, are these words: “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

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