Cavalieri Rappresentatione Act I Scena Quinta

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Magnificat, Warren Stewart & Susan Harvey, artistic directors.


Il Ciel clemente ogn' hor gratia, e favore
Qua giù versa, e comparte:
Apre la man divina il gran Signore,
E le sue gratie in parte:
Alme, ch'in terra ricevete il dono,
Benedite il Signor, perche egli è bono.
Benigno hà il volto, il fronte ogn' hor sereno,
Risguarda, ode, e risponde,
Hà pietosa la man, paterno il seno,
E i falli altrui nasconde,
Castiga lento, e presto dà perdono:
Benedite il Signor, perch' egli è bono.
Fate festa al Signore organi, e corde,
Timpano, cetre, e trombe,
Il Salmo, e l'Hinno in armonia concorde,
Alto co'l suon rimbombe:
Canti ogni lingua, e dica insiem co'l suono
Benedite il Signor, perch' egli è buono.

Heaven is kind, continuously
pouring out gifts and favours.
God opens his divine hand
and sends forth his grace.
All souls on earth who receive his gifts:
Bless the Lord, for he is good.
His face is kind, his brow always serene,
he watches, listens, and responds.
His hand is merciful, his breast fatherly,
he keeps our faults a secret.
Slow to punish and quick to pardon:
Bless the Lord, for he is good.
Make a celebration to the Lord, organs
strings, drums, lutes and trumpets.
Let psalms and hymns in sweet harmony
resound in the highest.
Let every tongue join in singing:

Bless the Lord, for he is good.


from Cavalieri Rappresentatione di Anima e di Corpo, released January 6, 1996
Released on Koch International, 1996. Warren Stewart, producer; Peter Nothnagle, engineer. Recorded at St. Vincent's School for Boys, Marinwood CA October 31-November 3, 1994.


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