The Beauty of Latin

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

Recordare, Iesu pie,
Quod sum causa tuæ viæ:
Ne me perdas illa die.
———
The day of wrath, that day
Will dissolve the world in ashes
As foretold by David and the sibyl!

Remember, merciful Jesus,
That I am the cause of thy way:
Lest thou lose me in that day.

—Mass for the Dead, sequence by Thomas of Celano (c. 1200-1260)

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Author: Neel Burton

Neel Burton is a psychiatrist, philosopher, writer, and wine-lover who lives and teaches in Oxford, England. He is author of Hypersanity: Thinking Beyond Thinking, The Meaning of Madness, Heaven and Hell: The Psychology of the Emotions, and other books. You can find Neel on Twitter and Facebook, and at www.neelburton.com

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