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Song of the Month for May 2019: Lift Thine Eyes

May 29, 2019 by

For this month’s selection we have an a cappella trio from Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah: “Lift Thine Eyes.” Mendelssohn’s choral masterpiece tells the story of the prophet Elijah as recounted in the Old Testament. Elijah has just slain all the prophets of Baal, and Queen Jezebel is furious; she wants to kill him. Elijah escapes into the wilderness and in despair asks God to end his life. In the midst of this hopelessness, Mendelssohn places these words from Psalm 121: “Lift thine eyes to the mountains. Whence cometh thy help? Thy help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”

Choral works arguably sound best in musical halls or vaulted cathedrals. But, not having one of those in Fox Hill, we opted for our empty grain silo. We think the end result is beautiful anyway, and we hope you agree:

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Psalm 121 
I lift up my eyes to the hills.
From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper;
the Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all evil;
he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore.

Listen to more Songs of the Month here.

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