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Apparebit repentina dies magna Domini

Language: Latin

Apparebit repentina dies magna Domini,
fur obscura velut nocte improvisos occupans.
Brevis totus tum parebit prisci luxus saeculi,
totum simul cum clarebit praeterisse saeculum.
Clangor tubae per quaternas terrae plagas concinens,     
vivos una mortuosque Christo ciet obviam.
De caelesti judex arce, majestate fulgidus,
claris angelorum choris comitatus aderit.
Erubescet orbis lunae, sol et obscurabitur,
stellae cadent pallescentes, mundi tremet ambitus.
Flamma ignis anteibit justi vultum judicis,
caelos, terras, fluctus maris et profundi devorans.
Gloriosus rex sedebit in sublimi solio;
angelorum tremebunda circumstabunt agmina.

Translation(s): ENG

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Andrew Stewart) , no title, copyright © 2011, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2008-04-08.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:40
Line count: 14
Word count: 83

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Ardent dawns the day when Judgment...

Language: English after the Latin

Ardent dawns the day when Judgment strikes 
  the heedless --- swiftly, like the thief at night. 
Brief the wealth of ages past shall seem,
  when that fell day outshines them with its gleam. 
Calls the trumpet north, south, east, and west, 
  to summon dead and living souls to Christ. 
Down then comes the Judge in majesty,
  with choirs of angels bright arrayed close by. 
Eerily the moon shall blush, the day
  shall dim, the stars go out, earth's axis sway. 
Flames shall guide the Face of Justice nigh, 
  while waters deep shall flood the land and sky. 
Glorious, the King shall sit enthroned,
  with trembling throngs of angels gathered round.

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  • Translation from Latin to English copyright © 2011 by Andrew Stewart, (re)printed on this website with kind permission. To reprint and distribute this author's work for concert programs, CD booklets, etc., you must ask the copyright-holder(s) directly for permission. If you receive no response, you must consider it a refusal.

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Text added to the website: 2012-11-29.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:05:05
Line count: 14
Word count: 110