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Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs

Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs

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While reading Isaiah 53:4, which was one text emphasized in Handel’s “Messiah”, I started thinking about whether that text could be utilized in a more praising, thankful, honoring way rather than a dark, sad treatment – and this song is what came of that.  Aside from the reflective middle section covering Isaiah 53:5-6, the main Isaiah 53:4 text is presented as appreciatory and honoring.  You might even notice a dignified “ceremonial” feel to the song.  There are many types of ceremonies and processions – graduation, wedding, funeral, awards, military-success, religious, or otherwise honoring some day, some event, or some person for what they have done or will be doing.  This seemed a new fit for what He has done for us.

Please note: I have not yet worked through the accompaniment for organ.  Please let me know if that is important to you.

The 8.5"x11" sheet music is available for free download below, and the choral booklet may be purchased through the "Add to Cart" button above to the right.  To purchase more than one copy, change the quantity and click "Update" after clicking the "Add to Cart" button.  Shipping & handling is calculated at the cart page based on location.  USPS Priority Mail may be specified at checkout.

A recording (vocals by Matthew Curtis, piano by Fen Frehner) is playable above.  Audio is available for purchase at, along with excellent rehearsal tracks (predominant, left-panned, and muted).  A computerized recording (no human accompaniment and no human vocals yet) is available for free download below.

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