Dies iræ! dies illa
Solvet sæclum in favilla
Teste David cum Sibylla!

Day of wrath! O day of mourning!
See fulfilled the prophets’ warning,
Heaven and earth in ashes burning!

Thomas of Celano (c.1200 - c.1265) Italian friar, poet, hagiographer [Tommaso da Celano]
“Dies Irae” (13th C.) [tr. Irons (1849)]

Alt. trans.:

"That day of wrath, that dreadful day,
shall heaven and earth in ashes lay,
as David and the Sybil say."

"Day of wrath, day that
will dissolve the world into burning coals,
as David bore witness with the Sibyl."

Added on 4-Aug-10 | Last updated 4-Aug-10
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