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Evangelist's recitative from St. Matthew.
"And from the sixth hour there was a darkness over the entire land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out loudly and said:
Eli, Eli, lama sabachtani?
That is: "My God, my God, why have you forsaken Me?" Some of those, however, who were standing by, when they heard this, said:
61b. Chorus I
He is calling Elijah!
And some of them quickly ran, took a sponge and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed for Him to drink. But the others said:
61d. Chorus II
Stop! Let's see whether Elijah comes and helps Him.
But Jesus cried out loudly once again and died."