That day of wrath (Richard John Samuel Stevens)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-09-13).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 253 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC SA
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General Information

Title: That day of wrath
Composer: Richard John Samuel Stevens
Lyricist: Walter Scott (translator)create page
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: c.1810 manuscript
Description: A setting of the Dies Irae, in translation by Sir Walter Scott. Stevens was organist at the Charterhouse from 1796 until his death; his setting was probably written for use there.

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Original text and translations

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That day of wrath, that dreadful day,
When heav'n and earth shall pass away,
What power shall be the sinner's stay,
How shall he meet that dreadful day?
When, shriv'lling like a parched scroll,
The flaming heav'ns together roll;
When louder yet, and yet more dread.
Swells the high trump that wakes the dead.
Oh! on that day, that wrathful day,
When Man to judgement wakes from clay,
Be Thou the trembling sinner's stay,
Though heav'n and earth shall pass away.