Aurora iam spargit

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Aurora iam spargit polum (Saec. VII-VIII)


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Aurora iam spargit polum,

terris dies illabitur,

lucis resultat spiculum:

discedat omne lubricum.

Iam vana noctis decidant,

mentis reatus subruat,

quicquid tenebris horridum

nox attulit culpae, cadat,

Ut mane illud ultimum,

quod praestolamur cernui,

in lucem nobis effluat,

dum hoc canore concrepat.

Deo Patri sit gloria

eiusque soli Filio

cum Spiritu Paraclito,

in sempiterna saecula. Amen.


The dawn now scatters the sky,

on to the lands the day descends,

the light's spike resounds:

Let everything deceitful depart!

Now may the vanities of night fall away,

may the mind's accusation fall to ruin,

whatever horrid thing (in the darkness)

the night of guilt carries, may it fall,

So that that final morning,

which we await prostrate,

may flow forth into light for us,

while it rattles along in this song.

To God the Father may Glory be

and to His only Son

with the Spirit Paraclete,

in everlasting ages. Amen.