That day of wrath (Richard John Samuel Stevens)
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Title: That day of wrath
Composer: Richard John Samuel Stevens
Lyricist: Walter Scott (translator)create page
Number of voices: 5vv Voicing: SATTB
Genre: Sacred, Motet
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.
Original text and translations
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.