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September 11, 2010

Dies irae, dies illa. Day of wrath, day of anger

Filed under: Terrorist Threats & Attacks — by Philip J. Palin on September 11, 2010

Verdi Requiem

Selecting the link immediately above will display a YouTube video of the Verdi Requiem performed by the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra (Brazil). Following is the Latin original followed by an English translation of the opening lyrics drawn from the Catholic mass for the dead.

Dies irae, dies illa
Solvet saeclum in favilla,
teste David cum Sibylla.
Quantus tremor est futurus,
quando judex est venturus,
cuncta stricte discussurus!

Day of wrath, day of anger
will dissolve the world in ashes,
as foretold by David and the Sibyl.
Great trembling there will be
when the Judge descends from heaven
to examine all things closely.

Tuba mirum spargens sonum
per sepulcra regionum,
coget omnes ante thronum.

The trumpet will send its wondrous sound
throughout earth’s sepulchres
and gather all before the throne.

Mors stupebit et natura,
cum resurget creatura,
judicanti responsura.
Liber scriptus proferetur,
in quo totum continetur,
unde mundus judicetur. 

Death and nature will be astounded,
when all creation rises again,
to answer the judgement.
A book will be brought forth,
in which all will be written,
by which the world will be judged. 

Judex ergo cum sedebit,
quidquid latet, apparebit,
nil inultum remanebit.

When the judge takes his place,
what is hidden will be revealed,
nothing will remain unavenged.

Quid sum miser tunc dicturus?
quem patronum rogaturus,
cum vix justus sit securus? 

What shall a wretch like me say?
Who shall intercede for me,
when the just ones need mercy?

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September 11, 2010 @ 4:53 am

Put a rubber room in white house and strike up the rubber band. We ran a rubber band air force with balsa wood wing when we were children playing with toys. Keep it low spark and high heels. Traffic looking heavy today and the rockets red glare. Now they’re disarming everybody for their own good. That’s why Jefferson wrote, to avoid heavy chains. Build a clock out of cannon balls. $100 million gets you a QB and seeing eye dog. We ended up with a casino where we had a gas explosion and now they are blowing up dollars to make dimes. They have a program for problem gamblers and odds are agin you. Have a gin and tonic!

Comment by William R. Cumming

September 11, 2010 @ 7:50 am

The Requiem is an apt choice. I guess I am too obtuse to get History Detective’s comment.

Comment by Philip J. Palin

September 11, 2010 @ 9:24 am

I have decided that History Detective (aka as various) is a poet. At times his comments are beyond my understanding. More often his comments provoke or evoke a thought that would not have otherwise emerged… whether worthwhile or not requires further self-reflection. I also notice his comments discourage my tendency to earnest self-importance. So… all valuable, at least to me.

I also perceive HD to be a reluctant anarchist. I lead with Verdi, he replies with late Ezra Pound and the house of bedlam. Usually, though, (as with Pound) there is a rational foundation that could benefit from careful exegesis. But I have not — yet — taken the time or care.

Talking about him (her?) — in front of him, so to speak — is probably rude. But s/he has established a role here that is with us, but not of us, something akin to a Samuel Becket character. (I wonder why I am so confident of HD’s gender?) What I take seriously, he seems to approach as close to or well into an absurdity.

In any case, my commitment is to remember those who have died in the struggle by honoring the diversity and liberty which is, it seems to me, at the core of the struggle. HD gives us an example of both diversity and liberty in action. See… self-importance just comes too easily.

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