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Benjamin Britten

A Hymn of St Columba (1962)

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for chorus and organ
(excerpt)
Duration: 01 mins 20 secs
Andrew Lumsden/The Finzi Singers/Paul Spicer
© and (p) 1997 Chandos Records Ltd
Chandos CHAN 9511

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Text heard on Sample:
Regis regum rectissimi
Propre est dies domini,
Dies irae et vindicatae,
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,
Nominumque contentio
Mundi hujus et cupido...

King of kings and of lords most high,
Comes his day of judgement nigh:
Day of wrath and vengeance stark,
Day of shadows and cloudy dark.
King of kings and of lords most high.

Thunder shall rend that day apart,
Wonder amaze each fearful heart.
Anguish and pain and deep distress
Shall mark that day of bitterness.
King of kings and of lords most high.

That day the pangs of lust will cease,
Man's questing heart shall be at peace;
Then shall the great no more contend
And worldly fame be at an end...

St Columba

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