Nicola Porpora
(1686 - 1768)

In exitu Israel
(S.S.S.A.A.A. 2Vn.Vc.Kbd.)
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This setting for two girls' choirs with string accompaniment. (The organ reduction duplicates the string parts.) Written in Feb. 1744 for the girls of the Ospedaletto (orphanage) in Venice. In his day, Porpora was considered Handel's closest rival in London.
Lyrics: Psalms 114, 115

In exitu Israël de Aegypto, domus Jacob de populo barbaro,
Facta est Judaea sanctificatio ejus; Israël potestas ejus.
Mare vidit, et fugit; Jordanis conversus est retrorsum.
Montes exsultaverunt ut arietes, et colles sicut agni ovium.
Quid est tibi, mare, quod fugisti? et tu, Jordanis, quia conversus es retrorsum?
Montes, exsultastis sicut arietes? et colles, sicut agni ovium?
A facie Domini mota est terra, a facie Dei Jacob:
Qui convertit petram in stagna aquarum, et rupem in fontes aquarum.
Non nobis, Domine, non nobis, sed nomini tuo da gloriam:
Super misericordia tua et veritate tua; nequando dicant gentes: Ubi est Deus eorum?
Deus autem noster in caelo; omnia quaecumque voluit fecit.
Simulacra gentium argentum et aurum, opera manuum hominum.
Os habent, et non loquentur; oculos habent, et non videbunt.
Aures habent, et non audient; nares habent, et non odorabunt.
Manus habent, et non palpabunt; pedes habent, et non ambulabunt; non clamabunt in gutture suo.
Similes illis fiant qui faciunt ea, et omnes qui confidunt in eis.
Domus Israël speravit in Domino; adjutor eorum et protector eorum est.
Domus Aaron speravit in Domino; adjutor eorum et protector eorum est.
Qui timent Dominum speraverunt in Domino; adjutor eorum et protector eorum est.
Dominus memor fuit nostri, et benedixit nobis. Benedixit domui Israël; benedixit domui Aaron.
Benedixit omnibus qui timent Dominum, pusillis cum majoribus.
Adjiciat Dominus super vos, super vos et super filios vestros.
Benedicti vos a Domino, qui fecit caelum et terram.
Caelum caeli Domino; terram autem dedit filiis hominum.
Non mortui laudabunt te, Domine, neque omnes qui descendunt in infernum:
Sed nos qui vivimus, benedicimus Domino, ex hoc nunc et usque in saeculum. Amen.

When Israel came out of Egypt: and the house of Jacob from among the strange people,
Judah was his sanctuary: and Israel his dominion.
The sea saw that, and fled: Jordan was driven back.
The mountains skipped like rams: and the little hills like young sheep.
What aileth thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest: and thou Jordan, that thou wast driven back?
Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams: and ye little hills, like young sheep?
Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord: at the presence of the God of Jacob;
Who turned the hard rock into a standing water: and the flint-stone into a springing well.
Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy Name give the praise: for thy loving mercy and for thy truth's sake.
Wherefore shall the heathen say: Where is now their God?
As for our God, he is in heaven: he hath done whatsoever pleased him.
Their idols are silver and gold: even the work of men's hands.
They have mouths, and speak not: eyes have they, and see not.
They have ears, and hear not: noses have they, and smell not.
They have hands, and handle not; feet have they, and walk not: neither speak they through their throat.
They that make them are like unto them; and so are all such as put their trust in them.
But you, house of Israel, trust thou in the Lord: he is their succour and defence.
Ye house of Aaron, put your trust in the Lord: he is their helper and defender.
Ye that fear the Lord, put your trust in the Lord: he is their helper and defender.
The Lord hath been mindful of us, and he shall bless us: even he shall bless the house of Israel,
He shall bless the house of Aaron.
He shall bless them that fear the Lord: both small and great.
The Lord shall increase you more and more: you and your children.
Ye are the blessed of the Lord: who made heaven and earth.
All the whole heavens are the Lord's: the earth hath he given to the children of men.
The dead praise not thee, O Lord: neither all they that go down into silence.
But we will praise the Lord: from this time forth for evermore. Amen.