Surely He Hath Borne Our Griefs

Original anthem by Fen Frehner for SATB and piano or organ

Set to Isaiah 53:4-6 scriptures made famous in Handel’s “Messiah”

Background

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 a day, event, or person for what they have done or will be doing. This seemed fitting for what He has done for us.

The choral booklet sheet music may be purchased above by selecting the desired quantity, clicking the "Add to Cart" button, and following the checkout process. A low-resolution version of the sheet music may be downloaded below. Please note: I have not yet worked through the accompaniment for organ. Please contact me know if that is important to you.

If you would like to purchase the audio recording (vocals by Matthew Curtis, piano by Fen Frehner) or accompaniment used in the sheet-music video, please contact me. Excellent rehearsal tracks are available above.

Lyrics

53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows:yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities:the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way;and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Text: Isaiah 53:4-6 from The Bible
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