1177. Day of Wrath, O Dreadful Day!

1. Day of wrath, O dreadful day!
When this world shall pass away,
And the heavens together roll,
Shriveling like a parchèd scroll,
Long foretold by saint and sage,
David’s harp and sibyl’s page.

2. Day of terror, day of doom,
When at last the Judge shall come!
Through the deep and silent gloom,
Shrouding every human tomb,
Shall the archangel’s trumpet tone
Summon all before the throne.

3. O just Judge, to whom belongs,
Vengeance for all earthly wrongs,
Grant forgiveness, Lord, at last,
Ere the dread account be past;
Lo, my sighs, my guilt, my shame!
Spare me for Thine own great name.

4. Thou, who bad’st the sinner cease
From her tears and go in peace,
Thou, who to the dying thief
Spakest pardon and relief,
Thou, O Lord, to me hast given,
E’en to me, the hope of Heaven.

Text Information
First Line: Day of wrath, O dreadful day
Title: Day of Wrath, O Dreadful Day!
Latin Title: Dies Irae
Author: Thomas of Celano (13th Century)
Translator (from Latin): Arthur P. Stanley
Meter: 77.77.77
Language: English
Source: Translation in Macmillan's Magazine, 1868
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Alternate tunes: ARFON, French and Welsh mel­ody, ar­ranged by Hugh Da­vies, circa 1906; JESU, JESU, DU MEIN HIRT, Paul Hein­lein, 1676
Tune Information
Composer: Timothy Richard Matthews, 1826-1910
Arranger: Hugh Davies (ca. 1906)
Meter: 77.77.77
Incipit: 56532 23176 55452
Key: C Major
Copyright: Public Domain

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