MOSES FACING JORDAN

Moses Facing Jordan: At the end of his long and eventful life, Moses is told by God that he may not cross the Jordan River. He is to go up the mountain, look over the river, and see the good land that is to be his people's land. And when he has seen it, he is to be no more. He is to be gathered to his ancestors.

The oratorio, in seven parts and 36 numbers, tells a retrospective, a looking-back, story of the life of Moses.

Part I You Shall Be Gathered to Your People 1-3
Part II The Call of Moses 4 - 10
Part III The Successes of Moses 11 - 17
Part IV The Laws 18 - 21
-- intermission --
Part V The Troubles 22 - 26
Part VI Face to Face 27 - 30
Part VII Miriam Sang 31 - 36

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13. SCENE

13. Scene NUMBERS 23: 21-24, 9-10
ECST/CHOR He has not beheld misfortune in Jacob,
Nor has he seen trouble in Israel.

The Lord their God is with them,
And the shout of a king is among them.

For from the top of the mountain I see him,
From the hills I behold him.

Lo, a people dwelling alone,
Not reckoning itself among the nations.
Who can count the dust of Jacob?

Like a lioness it rises up.
And like a lion it lifts itself,
It does not lie down, till it devours the prey
And drinks the blood of the slain.

He has not beheld misfortune in Jacob.
Nor has he seen trouble in Israel.

The Lord their God is with them,
And the shout of a king is among them.

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