Isaiah, Holy Prophet, It Befell

Tune: Jesaia, dem Propheten

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Isaiah, holy prophet, it befell
That in the Spirit he the Lord beheld,
High sitting on His throne, which brightness gave;
His garment’s hem entirely filled the nave.
There stood two seraphim on either side;
Six wings had each of them, and spread them wide:
With two they did conceal their faces bright,
With two their feet they covered over quite,
And with the other two did freely fly;
Each to the other called with mighty cry:
“Holy is God, the Lord of Sabaoth!
Holy is God, the Lord of Sabaoth!
Holy is God, the Lord of Sabaoth!
His glory hath entirely filled the earth!”
That cry the balconies and thresholds shook,
And all the house was filled with clouds of smoke.

Jesaia, dem Propheten, das geschah
Martin Luther, 1526
Tr. Christopher J. Neuendorf, 2014


German Text

Tune: Jesaia, dem Propheten

Jesaia, dem Propheten, das geschah,
Daß er im Geist den Herren sitzen sah
Auf einem hohen Thron in hellem Glanz,
Seines Kleides Saum den Chor füllet ganz.
Es stunden zween Seraph bei ihm daran,
Sechs Flügel sah er einen jeden han;
Mit zween verbargen sie ihr Antlitz klar,
Mit zween bedeckten sie die Füße gar
Und mit den andern zween sie flogen frei,
Gen ander riefen sie mit großem G’schrei:
Heilig ist Gott, der Herre Zebaoth!
Heilig ist Gott, der Herre Zebaoth!
Heilig ist Gott, der Herre Zebaoth!
Sein Ehr die ganze Welt erfüllet hat.
Von dem G’schrei zittert Schwell und Balken gar,
Das Haus auch ganz voll Rauchs und Nebels war.

Martin Luther, 1526
Source: C.F.W. Walther’s Kirchen-Gesangbuch, 1898 printing


 

Available Recordings
  • A riveting performance of Michael Praetorius’s setting from his Polyhymnia Caduceatrix et Panegyrica, 1619, by the Gabrieli Consort & Players, under the direction of Paul McCreesh, on their album Praetorius: Mass for Christmas Morning, track 15 (iTunesAmazonMP3)
  • Johann Walter’s setting, performed by the Dresdner Kreuzchor under the direction of Hans Grüß, on their album Music of the Reformation (Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott), disc 2, track 17 (iTunesAmazonMP3)

 


Martin Luther

Martin Luther, 1483–1546, portrait by Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1533


Author: Martin Luther