Who is this that cometh (James Kent)

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  • (Posted 2013-10-16)  CPDL #30349:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2013-10-16).   Score information: A4, 11 pages, 125 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from Twelve Anthems (James Kent). The two lower parts have been interchanged in bars 29-39, better to suit voice ranges.

General Information

Title: Who is this that cometh
Composer: James Kent
Source of text: Isaiah 63:1-7a,9b,15a,16b

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredVerse anthem

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

{First published: p. 1769 in Twelve Anthems, p. 62

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

1  Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.
2  Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat?
3  I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, … and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments…
4  For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come.
5  And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me.
6  And I will tread down the people in mine anger,… and I will bring down their strength to the earth.
7  I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the Lord, and the praises of the Lord,… and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies,…
9b  For the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.
15a  Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of thy holiness and of thy glory:
16b  Thou, O Lord, art our Father, our Redeemer; thy Name is from everlasting.