"Comfort ye, My people", saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned.
The Voice of him that cried in the wilderness, "Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God".

Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill made low, the crooked straight and the rough places plain, And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed; and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
So begins George Frideric Handel's "Messiah", composed in 1742 and still universally regarded as one of the supreme masterpieces of all music. The libretto was written by one Charles Jennens who selected and adapted a number of biblical texts using the standard English translation of the time - the Authorized version; hence the unusual wording compared with our modern editions.

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