the Lyrics

 

"Lamb of God": a sacred work for choir, orchestra and soloists

 

Thou Hope and Deliverer | Art Thou He? | This Is He | Martha | Make Me Whole
Mary of Bethany | I Am The Resurrection | Judas' Deal | Hosanna (Thy Savior Hath Come)
Lord, Is It I? | The Lord's Supper | Gethsemane | The Betrayal | Peter's Denial | I Cannot Watch Them
Is This Not Enough? | Calvary | Here Is Hope | Mary Magdalene | Gloria (My Savior Lives)
Jesus, My Savior | Thomas | Sometime We'll Understand | At the Sea of Tiberias | Finale (Here Is Hope)

 

PART I: "I told you and ye believed not"

No. 1 ‘Thou Hope and Deliverer’

 

CHOIR
Thou Hope and Deliverer promised of old,
For whom we have waited e’er long,
O come and redeem us from slavery’s yoke,
And deliver Thy people home.
Yea, Thou in whose presence our soul takes delight,
On whom in affliction we call,
Our comfort by day and our song in the night,
Our Hope, our Deliv’rer, our All.
Hosanna! Hosanna! Thy Savior will come, O Israel,
And blessed He’ll ever be called!
Hosanna! Hosanna! Sing praises to God,
Our Hope, our Deliv’rer, our All.
O hear Thou, dear Savior, our call.

 

 

No. 2 ‘This Is He’

 

PHARISEE
How long dost thou make us to doubt?

 

CHOIR (in Aramaic)
How long, Lord?

 

PHARISEE
How long dost thou make us to wait on thy word?

 

CHOIR (in Aramaic)
Tell us...

 

PHARISEE
If thou be the Christ, wilt thou tell us, that we might believe?

 

CHOIR (in Aramaic)
Art Thou He?

 

PHARISEE
Tell us so, plainly.

 

(narration)

 

PHARISEE
Thou blasphemest.
People! Take up your stones.
Hear, how he blasphemeth!
Take up your stones!
Take up your stones!

 

CHOIR (in Aramaic)
He hath spoken it!

 

(narration)

 

PHARISEE
For a good work we stone thee not;
But for that thou, being a man,
Makest thyself God.

 

(narration)

 

THOMAS
They’ve seen His face.
They’ve seen His wonders.
They’ve seen His touch restore the sick,
But still they’re waiting.
For they don’t see Him,
Don’t truly see Him.
But I have seen,
And I believe
That this is He.

 

JOHN
They’ve heard His words.
They’ve heard His teachings.
They’ve heard a voice from heaven speak,
But still they’re waiting.
For they don’t hear Him,
Don’t truly hear Him.
But I have heard
And I believe
That this is He.

 

THOMAS
He fed five thousand men with little bread,
But once their mouths were filled, they cared not what He said.

 

JOHN
They bring their sick,
They beg them healed,
And still they pray that their Redeemer be revealed.

 

PETER
He has declared
He is Messiah!
And He has bid them come and see,
But they won’t follow.
For they don’t know Him,
Don’t truly know Him.
But I know Him…
Yes, I know and I believe
That this is He.

 

THOMAS
They’ve seen His wonders.

 

JOHN
They’ve heard His teachings.

 

PETER
And all these testify of Him,
That this is He.

 

 

PART II: "Thy brother shall rise again"

No. 3 ‘Make Me Whole’

 

MARTHA
Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick…

 

MARY OF BETHANY
Lord, make haste, for our brother is ill…

 

MARTHA
Master, come, for our Lazarus is dying!

 

(narration)

 

MARTHA
Lord, if Thou hadst been here,
If Thou wouldst have heard us,
My brother then would not have died,
No. If Thou hadst been here,
Thou couldst have saved him.
I know that Thou couldst have healed him.
But, even now,
I know that if Thou wilt ask of God,
What Thou wouldst, God will give it Thee.
What Thou asketh, He’ll give Thee.

 

(narration)

 

MARTHA
I know that he shall rise again, Lord…
I know he shall rise again in the resurrection
At the last day.

 

(narration)

 

MARTHA
Yea, Lord: I believe that Thou art the Christ, which should come,
The Son of God,
But I do not understand…
Touch my eyes and bid them see
That my gaze might pierce the veil,
And behold the wondrous scene
That, in dreams, I’ve long beheld.
Oh, touch my heart and bid it know
That ev’ry sorrow here
Is but a moment’s tear,
And Thou wilt make me whole again.
Touch my ears and bid them hear
All the glory of Thy truth,
That my hope might come of faith
And no more require proof.
Oh, touch my heart and bid it know
That, while in darkness here,
The Light is ever near,
And Thou wilt make me whole again.
Then touch my lips and bid them sing
Songs of everlasting praise,
That my soul might then believe
And give thanks through all my days!
Oh touch my heart and bid it know
That ev’ry breath I take
Is by Thy tender grace,
And Thou wilt make me whole,
And Thou wilt make me whole,
Oh, Thou wilt make me whole again.

 

No. 4 ‘I Am The Resurrection’

 

MARTHA
Mary? Mary, the Master is come, and He calleth for thee.

 

(narration)

 

MARY OF BETHANY
Lord, if thou hadst been here,
If thou hadst been with us,
My brother then would not have died!

 

(narration)

 

CHOIR
Behold how He loved him!

 

(narration)

 

MARTHA
No Lord, please, already he’s been dead four days…

 

(narration)

 

CHOIR
I am the Resurrection and the Life.
He that believeth in me, though he were dead,
Yet shall he live.
And whosever liveth and believeth in me shall never die!

 

PART III: "Nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt"

No. 5 ‘Judas’ Deal’

 

JUDAS
What will you give for a King?
What will you pay for the “King of the Jews”?
What will you offer to have him at last in your hands?
What is he worth you?
The people begin to believe.
Take him in public and all will rebel.
But what if there’s one he calls “friend” who’d be willing to sell?
What will you offer?
What will you pay for your King!
Or will you let Him slip through your hands again?
How long have you waited for this?

 

No. 6 ‘Hosanna’

 

CHOIR
Our Hope and Deliverer promised of old,
For whom we have waited e’er long,
Hath come to redeem us from slavery’s yoke
And deliver His people back home.
Come, Israel, come and see He who shall reign,
In whom we will ever rejoice,
We hear the sound of the glorious refrain
And it echoeth back in our voice:


Hosanna! Hosanna! Thy Savior hath come, O Israel,
And blessed He’ll ever be called!
Hosanna! Hosanna! Sing praises to God,
For our Hope, our Deliv’rer, our All!


Oh, why should we wander as strangers from Thee
And turn from Thy bounteous hand?
Restore and defend us, oh, set us free,
That beside Thee we ever may stand!

 

(Refrain)

 

He looks, and ten thousands of angels rejoice,
And myriads wait for His word;
He speaks, and eternity, filled with His voice,
Re-echoes the praise of her Lord:

 

(Refrain)

 

Hosanna! Hosanna! Thy Savior hath come,
Our Hope, our Salvation, our All!

 

No. 7 ‘The Last Supper’

 

CHOIR (in Aramaic)
One of you shall betray me.

 

JOHN
Lord, is it I?
Would ever I betray Thee?
Having known Thy love, could I so cruelly turn away?
Could my heart so fail Thee and my feeling turn so cold?
If I should leave Thee, where would I go?

 

THOMAS
Lord, is it I?
Am I then to betray Thee?
Having seen Thy wonders, could my foolish heart be swayed?
Is my faith so little that my soul would cease to burn?
If I should wander, where would I turn?

 

JOHN
If I am prone to leave Thee,

 

THOMAS
If I am wont to doubt,

 

JOHN & THOMAS
Oh, wilt Thou still receive me,

 

JOHN
Bind me fast!

 

THOMAS
Oh, find me out!

 

JOHN
That I may never wander,

 

THOMAS
That I may ever see,

 

JOHN & THOMAS
Oh, that my hope seek not but Thee!

 

THOMAS
That I might follow with Thee!

 

PETER
Lord, is it I?
Could ever I betray Thee?
Having followed with Thee, could I seek some other way?
Though my heart is willing, could my flesh become so weak?
If I should leave Thee, whom would I seek?

 

JOHN
O Savior, Take Thou my weakness from me!

 

THOMAS
Help Thou my unbelief!

 

PETER & JOHN
Let nothing overcome me!

 

THOMAS
Be Thou with me!

 

PETERE
My sure relief!

 

THOMAS
Thou art my only Shepherd.

 

JOHN
Thou art the only Way.

 

PETER
Oh, may I ever serve Thee…
For it is I who owe Thee my devotion.
It is I, yes I, so safely folded in Thy care.
Let mountains fall!

 

THOMAS
Let earth divide!

 

JOHN
Let valleys rise!

 

All THREE
Yet one thing shall I know:

 

PETER
I will not leave Thee…
If I should leave Thee, where would I go?

 

JUDAS
Master, is it I?

 

(narration)

 

CHOIR (in Aramaic)
This do in remembrance of me.

 

(narration)

 

PETER
Though all men be offended,
Yet shall I never be…

 

(narration)

 

PETER
I’ll go with Thee to prison if Thou asketh it of me,
Though I should die with Thee,
Yet will not I deny Thee.

 

No. 8 ‘Gethsemane’

 

CHOIR (in Aramaic)
Abba, Father, take away this cup from me:
Nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.

 

(narration)

 

JUDAS
Whomsoever I kiss,
That same is he:
Take him and lead him away,
Lead him away safely.

 

(narration)

 

Hail, master.

 

(narration)

 

CHOIR (in Aramaic)
Rise up! Fight!

 

(narration)

 

PETER
The others flee,
How soon He is forsaken.
And shall I flee?
Abandon Him to face this all alone?
But He won’t fight.
Is He willing to allow this foul deceit?
Still, I must follow…
I will not run.

 

MARY (MOTHER)
Why is this night different?
Are we this night set free?
Oh we now slaves no longer?

 

JOHN
Mary, come!
They have taken our Lord away,
And I follow behind…
They have taken thy Son!

 

(narration)

 

PHARISEE
This fellow here,
This blasphemer,
I heard Him say—
Yes, I heard it myself—
That He claims He is able to tear down the temple of God
And build it again in three days!
Three days!
Yes, I heard it myself!
And Thou sayest nothing?

 

NARRATOR
But Jesus held his peace.

 

PHARISEE
Because it’s the truth.

 

(narration)

 

DAMSEL
I know thy face…
Thou wast with Jesus of Galilee!

 

PETER
I know…
I know not…
I know not what thou sayest!

 

(narration)

 

PHARISEE
He hath spoken blasphemy!
Behold, now ye have heard for yourselves His blasphemy!

 

(narration)

 

MAID
This fellow here:
This fellow here was with Jesus of Nazareth.
I’ve seen him there also…

 

PETER
I swear to you:
No, I do not know the man!

 

DAMSEL & MAID
But surely thou also art one of them…
Surely thou followed with Jesus…
Thy speech is of Galilee…
I’ve seen you there also…
Yes, thou wast with Jesus of Galilee…
Thou wast with Jesus of Nazareth…

 

PETER
I know not the man!

 

(narration)

 

No. 9 ‘I Cannot Watch Them’

 

PETER
What have I done?
Denied Him?
What have I done?
So now am I no different from the men
Who take thy bread then turn again? Oh…
What have I done?
I hear their filthy tongues, their vicious scorn,
The lies they spin with Satan’s yarn.
I watch them spit and strike Thy face,
They mock Thy name in foul disgrace.
And when Thou lookest for a friend,
Thou findest none, for I have fled,
Oh God!
What have I done?
As Thou hast taken stripes for me,
Could I not take but one for Thee?
I cannot watch them take my Lord.
I can’t endure their cruel hands upon Him,
While his own hands are tied with cord,
Those hands with pow’r to raise the dead,
Command the storm, now bound instead, and
I cannot hear them mock His name.
I cannot bear their foul breath upon Him.
I dare not look upon His face
And see the very Son of God,
His brow so bruised and stained with blood
His eyes that shed my sorrow’s tears,
And watch as all hope disappears.
I will not watch them crucify my Lord!
For I know this Man!
I know Him!
I know this Man!
I cannot watch what He must bear.
For surely He must carry all my burden.
Forgive me, Lord, that I’m not there…
But, when my eyes are closed in death,
These words will hang on my last breath:
I know Him.

 

No. 10 ‘To Calvary’

 

PILATE
Ye have brought this Man unto me, as one that perverteth
the people:
And behold, I have examined Him before you,
And I have found no fault in Him,
No, nothing for which death is worthy!
I will therefore chastise Him and release Him.
Take Him to be scourged.
Now, this is enough.

 

CHOIR (in Aramaic)
Behold the Man!
The Lamb of God!
Is this not enough?

 

PILATE
Enough! Enough!
Behold, Is this not enough?
Behold the Man,
The punishment he’s borne:
The cruel whip, the mocking scorn…

 

PHARISEE
Away with him!

 

PILATE
His crimes have seen enough!

 

PHARISEE
Away with him!

 

PILATE
Why? What evil hath He done?

 

PHARISEE
If thou let this man go,
Thou art no friend, but Caesar’s foe!

 

JOHN
They see His pain,
They see Him suffer,
And still they cry out for His blood,
With no compassion.

 

PILATE
For the feast I must release one prisoner!

 

CHOIR (In Aramaic)
Away with him!

 

JOHN
He bears it all.

 

PILATE
Whom shall I release then?

 

CHOIR (in Aramaic)
Barabbas!

 

PILATE
What shall I do then with Jesus?!

 

CHOIR (In Aramaic)
Away with him!

 

JOHN
O Lord, how long ‘til Thou wilt cry “It is enough”?

 

MARY (MOTHER)
Enough!
Is this not enough?
O Lord, my God,
Show mercy on my Son!
Has not Thy will in this been done?

 

PILATE (to Jesus)
Speak now:
Hast thou not had enough?

 

MOTHER
Has not the bitter cup been emptied?

 

PILATE
Art thou a king then?
Tell me…

 

MOTHER
When is it enough?

 

PILATE
Knowest Thou not that I have power to crucify Thee?
And by that same power can release Thee?
And speakest Thou not unto me?!

 

CHOIR (in Aramaic)
The Lamb of God!
He was despised,
He hath born our sufferings,
He was rejected,
Our pains He carried,
The Lamb of God who beareth the sins of the world!

 

JOHN
He sees their scorn.
He feels their hatred.
He hears them cry out for His blood...
O Lord, how long till Thou wilt cry, “It is enough”?

 

PILATE
What shall I do then with this Jesus?
This Jesus ye call Christ,
Behold your king!
What evil hath he done?
Shall I crucify your King?!

 

PHARISEE
Let him be crucified!
Let him be crucified!
He made himself the Son of God!
We have no king but Caesar!
He made himself the Son of God!
We have no king but Caesar!

 

PILATE
Enough!
See ye to it.

 

(narration)

 

MARY (MOTHER)
O Lord, When is it enough?
My breaking heart,
Though pierced and torn within,
I’ll keep my vigil here with Him.
Behold, The handmaid of the Lord.
Be it unto me…
Until it is enough.

 

(narration)

 

No. 11 ‘Here is Hope’

 

MARY (MOTHER)
He who healed our sorrows
Here was bruised and broken.
He whose love no end knows
Here was forsaken,
Left all alone.
Here despair cries boldly,
Claiming this its vict'ry.
Sweeter peace enfolds me:
Hope did not die here,
But here was given.
Here is Hope.
He who was rejected,
He knows well my longing
He, so long expected
Carried our burdens,
Bore ev'ry sorrow:
Here is Hope!

 

CHOIR
Here is love unbounded,
Here is all compassion,
Here is mercy founded!

 

MARY
Hope did not die here,
But here was given;
And ours is the vict'ry.
Here is Hope.

 

PART IV: "Be not faithless, but believing"

No. 12 ‘The Resurrection’

 

MARY MAGDALENE
What have they done?
Removed Him?
What have they done?

 

(narration)

 

Come and see!
They have taken our Lord away!
Where He is, I know not!
For the sepulcher’s empty…

 

CHOIR (in Aramaic)
Woman, why weepest thou?

 

(narration)

 

MARY MAGDALENE
Because they have taken my Lord away,
Where He is I know not,
I know not where they have laid Him.

 

(narration)

 

Tell me, sir, if it be thou who hast borne him hence,
Tell me where thou hast laid him,
And I’ll take him away.

 

(narration)

 

Master.

 

(narration)

 

Sing, oh my heart,
Sing thy rejoicing!
Morning has dawned and will stretch forth her wing.
No more the night
Holds thee his captive,
Jesus is risen, my Savior and King!
I’ll sing Gloria!
Glory to the Lord!
Gloria! Glory for the life he doth give!
Gloria! Gloria! Gloria!
Gloria! For my Savior lives!
Why dost thou weep?
What is thy longing?
Why art thou cast down and turned from the light?
Lift up your eyes,
Look for the morning,
Wait, for the darkness is only the night!
And sing Gloria!

 

(Refrain)

 

CHOIR
Israel rejoice!
Sing all creation!
Jesus is risen with life in his wings!
Raise up your voice,
Sing our salvation!
Now more than conquerors through Him, our King,
Sing we Gloria!

 

(Refrain)

 

MARY MAGDALENE
Gloria! For my Savior lives!

 

No. 13 ‘To The Disciples’

 

CHOIR
Jesus, my Savior, Lord, and King,
What greater name could e’er I sing?
What greater joy than from Thee I know?
What greater debt than mine to owe?
O how my words in vain impart
What glows within my grateful heart.
No tongue could ever right declare
What tender love is written there.
Ten thousand gifts could I employ
To show my praise, my thanks, my joy!
All of my life, yea, all my days,
Still not enough to sing Thy praise!
Ever I’ll sing Thy praise.

 

(narration)

 

THOMAS
You’ve seen the Lord?
You’ve seen Him risen?
You’ve seen His hands and touched His side,
And you are certain?
But I’ve not seen Him.
And I must see Him.
Until I’ve seen His wounded side,
Until my hands have felt His hands,
I will not know, nor yet believe…

 

(narration)

 

THOMAS
My Lord and my God.
Touch my lips and bid them sing
Words my tongue would not conceive,
That my soul might join in praise
And forevermore believe!
Oh, touch my heart and bid it know
Thou hearest every plea,
And though I may not see,
Yet Thou wilt made me whole…

Not now, but in the coming years,
It may not be when we demand,
We’ll read the meaning of our tears,
And there, sometime, we’ll understand
Why what we long for most of all
Eludes our open, pleading hand;
Why ever silence meets our call
Somewhere, sometime, we’ll understand.


So trust in God through all thy days;
Fear not, for He doth hold thy hand;
Though dark thy way, still sing and praise,
Sometime, sometime we’ll understand.


Sometime we’ll fall on bended knee,
And feel there, graven on His hand;
Sometime with tearless eyes we’ll see
What, here, we could not understand.

 

(Refrain)

 

PART V: "Feed my sheep"

No. 14 ‘Finale’

 

PETER
Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee.

 

(narration)

 

Lord, thou knowest that I love thee.

 

(narration)

 

Thou knowest all things, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee.

 

(narration)

 

MARY MAGDALENE
He who healed our sorrows,
Rose with greater healing.

 

MARTHA & MARY OF BETHANY
He, whose love no end knows,

 

MARTHA
Lifts up our burden,

 

MARY OF BETHANY
Carries our grief,

 

MARY (MOTHER)
Here…

 

JOHN
He who was rejected
Rose with pow’r and glory.

 

THOMAS
He, so long expected,

 

ALL PRINCIPALS
Come to redeem us,
Come to deliver.

 

PETER
Here is Hope.

 

(narration)

 

CHOIR
Here is love unbounded,
Here is all compassion,
Here is mercy founded!
O Great Redeemer!
O Prince of Glory!
Here is Hope.

 

 

Text by Rob Gardner except “Thou Hope and Deliverer” and “Hosanna” adapted from “O Thou In Whose
Presence” by Joseph Swain; ”Jesus, My Savior” adapted from “When All Thy Mercies, O My God” by Joseph Addison; “Sometime We’ll Understand” adapted from Maxwell Cornelius. Aramaic translations by John Merrill.

 

Lyrics © 2010 Rob Gardner Music, ASCAP. All rights reserved.