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Comfort ye
Comfort ye
My people

Comfort ye my people
Says your God
Says your God

Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem
Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem

And cry unto her
That her warfare
Her warfare is accomplished

That her iniquity is pardoned
That her iniquity is pardoned

Song Details

Comfort Ye, My People is an aria from the oratorio Messiah written in 1741 by George Frideric Handel (23 February 1685 – 14 April 1759). The lyrics are based on Isaiah 40:1-2, delivering a message of comfort and hope to the people of Jerusalem.

1 Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.
2 Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD's hand double for all her sins.

The opening lines, "Comfort ye, comfort ye, my people," express the divine call for solace and consolation. The text emphasizes that it is God who speaks these comforting words and urges the listeners to speak comfortably to Jerusalem, conveying the message that her struggles and warfare have come to an end and her sins have been forgiven.

This aria captures the essence of the theme of comfort and redemption that is prevalent throughout "Messiah", setting the tone for the rest of the piece, which chronicles the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.


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Keith Harkin
Keith Harkin

Keith Harkin - previously from the Irish singing group, Celtic Thunder
Born: 10th June 1986 in Derry, Northern Ireland
Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Musician
Instruments: Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin, Piano, Banjo, Ukulele
Active Years: 2006 - present

This rendition by Keith is, in a word... beautiful.
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