Britten B - A Hymn of St Columba

Composer: 
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

Words

Regis regum rectissimi
prope est dies domini,
dies irae et vindictae,
tenebrarum et nebulae,
Regis regum rectissimi.

Diesque mirabilium
tonitruorum fortium,
dies quoque angustiae,
maeroris ac tristitiae.
Regis regum rectissimi.

In quo cessabit mulierum
amor et desiderium,
hominumque contentio
mundi huius et cupido.
Regis regum rectissimi
prope est dies domini.

Words attributed to St. Columba
(521–597)

Translation

The day of the Lord is nigh,
the day of the most righteous
the day of wrath and vengeance,
of darkness and shadow,
the day of the most righteous King of Kings.

And the day of marvellous
strong thunderings,
even the day of despair,
of sorrow and misery,
the day of the most righteous King of Kings.

In that day will cease women's love and desire,
men's strife and the yearnings
of this world;
the day of the Lord is nigh,
the day of the most righteous King of Kings.

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