Magnificat
St. Elphege Folk Group Lyrics


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""My soul doth magnify the Lord:
And my spirit hath rejoiced in
God my Saviour.
For he hath regarded:
The lowliness of his hand-maiden.
For behold, from henceforth:
All generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty hath magnified me:
And holy is his Name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him:
Throughout all generations.
He hath shewed strength with his arm:
He hath scattered the proud in the
Imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat:
And hath exalted the humble and meek.
He hath filled the hungry with good things:
And the rich he hath sent empty away.
He remembering his mercy hath holpen
His servant Israel:
As he promised to our forefathers,
Abraham and his seed for ever.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son:
And to the Holy Ghost
As it was in the beginning, is now,
And ever shall be:




World without end.
Amen.""

Overall Meaning

The lyrics from St. Elphege Folk Group's song "Magnificat" are a direct reflection of the biblical passage known as The Magnificat, which is Mary's song of praise found in the Gospel of Luke. The song starts with "My soul doth magnify the Lord," which is Mary proclaiming her praise and thanksgiving to God. She exalts God as her Savior and rejoices in His mercy and greatness. Mary acknowledges her own lowliness and humility before God, recognizing that all generations will call her blessed for being chosen to bear the Son of God.


The lyrics continue to describe God's mighty acts and mercies towards those who fear Him. It speaks of God's power to humble the proud and exalt the meek, demonstrating His sovereignty over the world. The imagery of God filling the hungry with good things and sending the rich away empty-handed highlights His justice and care for the marginalized. The mention of God's promise to Israel and their forefathers, specifically Abraham, emphasizes the continuity of God's faithfulness throughout generations.


In the last part of the lyrics, the song gives praise to the Holy Trinity - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost - acknowledging their eternal existence and glory. The closing lines affirm the timeless nature of God's presence and power, stating that He has been, is, and will always be the same. The declaration of "World without end" signifies the endlessness of God's reign and the eternal nature of His love and mercy.


Overall, the lyrics of "Magnificat" beautifully express Mary's gratitude and reverence for God while also acknowledging His sovereignty, mercy, and faithfulness throughout history. It is a powerful proclamation of praise and celebration of the divine attributes of God as revealed through Mary's song in the Gospel of Luke.


Line by Line Meaning

My soul doth magnify the Lord:
My innermost being glorifies and praises the Lord:


And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
And my soul has found joy in God who saves me.


For he hath regarded the lowliness of his hand-maiden.
Because he has looked upon the humility of his servant.


For behold, from henceforth, all generations shall call me blessed.
From now on, all future generations will recognize me as blessed.


For he that is mighty hath magnified me: And holy is his Name.
For the powerful one has lifted me up, and his Name is holy.


And his mercy is on them that fear him: Throughout all generations.
His mercy is with those who reverence him, for all generations.


He hath shewed strength with his arm: He hath scattered the proud in the Imagination of their hearts.
He has demonstrated his power with his mighty arm, dispersing the proud thoughts in their hearts.


He hath put down the mighty from their seat: And hath exalted the humble and meek.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones and elevated the humble and gentle.


He hath filled the hungry with good things: And the rich he hath sent empty away.
He has satisfied the hungry with abundance, while sending the wealthy away empty-handed.


He remembering his mercy hath holpen His servant Israel: As he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever.
He has remembered his mercy and helped his servant Israel, just as he promised our ancestors, Abraham and his descendants, forever.


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: And to the Holy Ghost
Praise be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.


As it was in the beginning, is now, And ever shall be: World without end. Amen.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and forever will be, world without end. Amen.




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Written by: Bryan Kelly

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