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THE PEOPLE. Then hear from heaven and forgive the sin! Help! send Thy servant help, O Lord!

ELIJAH.-Go up again, and still look toward the sea.

THE YOUTH.-There is nothing. The earth is as iron under me!

ELIJAH.-Hearest thou no sound of rain? seest thou nothing arise from the deep?

THE YOUTH.-No; there is nothing.

ELIJAH.-Have respect to the prayer of Thy servant, O Lord, my God! Unto Thee will I cry, Lord, my rock; be not silent to me; and Thy great mercies remember, Lord!

THE YOUTH.-Behold, a little cloud ariseth now from the waters; it is like a man's hand! The heavens are black with clouds and with wind: the storm rusheth louder and louder!

THE PEOPLE-Thanks be to God for all His mercies!

ELIJAH.-Thanks be to God, for He is gracious, and His mercy endureth for evermore!

Chorus

Thanks be to God! He laveth the thirsty land! The waters gather; they rush along; they are lifting their voices!

The stormy billows are high; their fury is mighty. But the Lord is above them, and Almighty. Psalm xciii:3, 4; Jer. xiv:22; 2 Chron. vi:19, 26, 27 ; Deut. xxviii:23; Psalm xxviii:1, cvi:1; I Kings xviii:43, 45.

PART II

Air

Hear ye, Israel; hear what the Lord speaketh: "Oh, hadst thou heeded my commandments!"

Who hath believed our report; to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?

Thus saith the Lord. the Redeemer of Israel, and His Holy One, to him oppressed by tyrants: thus saith the Lord: I am He that comforteth; be not afraid, for I am thy God, I will strengthen thee. Say, who art thou, that thou art afraid of a man that shall die; and forgettest the Lord thy Maker, who hath stretched for thee the heavens, and laid the earth's foundations? Be not afraid, for I, thy God, will strengthen thee. Isaiah xlviii :1, 18, liii: 1, xliv :7, xli: 10, li :12, 13.

Chorus

Be not afraid, saith God the Lord. Be not afraid; thy help is near. God, the Lord thy God, saith unto thee, "Be not afraid!" Isaiah xli:10.

ELIJAH.-The Lord hath exalted thee from among the people; and over His people Israel hath made thee king. But thou, Ahab, hath done evil to provoke Him to anger above all that were be fore thee: as if it had been a light thing for thee to walk in the sins of Jeroboam. Thou hast made a grove and an altar to Baal, and served him and worshiped him. Thou hast killed the righteous and also taken possession.

And the Lord shall smite all Israel, as a reed is shaken in the water; and He shall give Israel up, and thou shalt know He is the Lord. I Kings xiv:7, 9, 15, xvi:30, 31, 32, 33.

THE QUEEN.-Have ye not heard he hath prophesied against all Israel? CHORUS.-We heard it with our ears. THE QUEEN-Hath he not prophesied also against the King of Israel?

CHORUS.-We heard it with our ears.

THE QUEEN.-And why hath he spoken in the name of the Lord? Doth

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Ahab govern the kingdom of Israel while Elijah's power is greater than the king's?

The gods do so to me, and more, if, by tomorrow about this time, I make not his life as the life of one of them whom he hath sacrificed at the brook of Kishon!

CHORUS. He shall perish!

THE QUEEN.-Yea, by the sword he destroyed them all!

CHORUS.-He destroyed them all!

THE QUEEN.—He also closed the heavens!

CHORUS.-He also closed the heavens!

THE QUEEN.-And called down a famine upon the land.

CHORUS.-And called down a famine upon the land.

THE QUEEN.-So go ye forth and seize Elijah, for he is worthy to die; slaughter him; do unto him as he hath done!

OBADIAH.-Man of God, now let my words be precious in thy sight. Thus saith Jezebel: "Elijah is worthy to die." So the mighty gather against thee, and they have prepared a net for thy steps; that they may seize thee, that they may slay thee. Arise, then, and hasten for thy life; to the wilderness journey. The Lord thy God doth go with thee: He will not fail thee. He will not forsake thee.

Now begone, and bless me also. ELIJAH.-Though stricken, they have not grieved! Tarry here, my servant: the Lord be with thee. I journey hence to the wilderness. 2 Kings 1:13; Jer. v:3, xxvi:11; Psalm lix:3; 1 Kings xix: 4; Deut. xxxi:6; Exodus xii:32; 1 Samnel xvii:37.

Air

ELIJAH. It is enough, O Lord; now take away my life, for I am not better than my fathers! I desire to live no longer; now let me die, for my days are but vanity!

I have been very jealous for the Lord God of Hosts! for the children of Israel have broken Thy covenant, thrown down

Thine altars, and slain Thy prophets with the sword: and I, even I, only am left; and they seek my life to take it away. Job vii:16; 1 Kings xix:10.

Recitative

See, now he sleepeth beneath a juniper tree in the wilderness: and there the angels of the Lord encamp round about all them that fear Him. 1 Kings xix:5; Psalm xxxiv:7.

Trio

ANGELS.-Lift thine eyes to the mountains, whence cometh help. Thy help cometh from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He hath said, thy foot shall not be moved: thy Keeper will never slumber. Psalm cxxi :1, 3.

Chorus

ANGELS.-He, watching over Israel, slumbers not nor sleeps. Shouldst thou, walking in grief, languish, He will quicken thee. Psalm cxxi:4, cxxxviii:7.

Recitative

AN ANGEL.-Arise, Elijah, for thou hast a long journey before thee. Forty days and forty nights shalt thou go; to Horeb, the mount of God.

ELIJAH.-O Lord, I have labored in vain; yea, I have spent my strength for naught!

O that thou wouldst rend the heavens, that Thou wouldst come down; that the mountains would flow down at Thy presence, to make Thy name known to Thine adversaries, through the wonders of Thy works!

O Lord, why hast Thou made them to err from Thy ways, and hardened their hearts that they do not fear Thee? O that I now might die! I Kings xix:8; Isaith xlix:4, lxiv:1, 2, lxiii :7.

Air

O rest in the Lord; wait patiently for Him, and He shall give thee thy heart's desires. Commit thy way unto Him, and trust in Him, and fret not thyself because of evil-doers. Psalm xxxvii :1, 7.

Recitative

ELIJAH.-Night falleth round me, O Lord! Be Thou not far from me! hide not Thy face, O Lord, from me; my soul is thirsting for Thee, as a thirsty land.

AN ANGEL.-Arise now! get thee without, stand on the mount before the Lord; for there His glory will appear and shine on thee! Thy face must be veiled, for He draweth near. Psalm cxliii:6,7; 1 Kings xix:11.

Chorus

Behold! God the Lord passed by! And a mighty wind rent the mountains around, brake in pieces the rocks, brake them before the Lord: but yet the Lord was not in the tempest.

Behold! God the Lord passed by! And the sea was upheaved, and the earth was shaken: but yet the Lord was not in the earthquake.

And after the earthquake there came a fire; but yet the Lord was not in the fire.

And after the fire there came a still, small voice; and in that still, small voice onward came the Lord. I Kings xix:11, 12.

Chorus

Then did Elijah the prophet break forth like a fire; his words appeared like burning torches. Mighty kings by him were overthrown. He stood on the mount of Sinai, and heard the judgments of the future; and in Horeb, its vengeance.

And when the Lord would take him

away to heaven, lo! there came a fiery chariot, with fiery horses; and he went by a whirlwind to heaven. Ecclesiastes xlviii :1, 6, 7; 2 Kings ii:1, II.

Air

Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in their Heavenly Father's realm. Joy on their head shall be for everlasting, and all sorrow and mourning shall flee away for ever. Matthew xiii:43; Isaiah li:11.

Recitative

Behold, God hath sent Elijah the prophet, before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children unto their fathers; lest the Lord shall come and smite the earth with a curse. Malachi iv:5, 6.

Quartet

O! come every one that thirsteth; O come to the waters: come unto Him. O hear, and your souls shall live for ever! Isaiah lv:1, 3.

Chorus

And then shall your light break forth as the light of morning breaketh; and your health shall speedily spring forth then; and the glory of the Lord ever shall reward you.

Lord, our Creator, how excellent Thy name is in all the nations. Thou fillest heaven with Thy glory. Amen! Isaiah lviii:8; Psalm viii:1.

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