Nox et tenebrae

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Nox et tenebrae et nubila (Prudentius)


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Nox et tenebrae et nubila,

confusa mundi et turbida,

lux intrat, albescit polus:

Christus venit; discedite.

Caligo terrae scinditur

percussa solis spiculo,

rebusque iam color redit

vultu nitentis sideris.

Sic nostra mox obscuritas

fraudisque pectus conscium,

ruptis retectum nubibus,

regnante pallescet Deo.

Te, Christe, solum novimus,

te mente pura et simplici

rogare curvato genu

flendo et canendo discimus.

Intende nostris sensibus

vitamque totam dispice:

sunt multa fucis illita

quae luce purgentur tua.

Sit, Christe, rex piisime,

tibi Patrique gloria

cum Spiritu Paraclito,

in sempiterna saecula. Amen.


O both night and darkness' clouds,

the world's confusions and storms,

light now enters, the sky becomes white:

Christ has come, Depart!

May the gloom of the earth be torn apart,

pierced by the sun's spikes,

to all things now colour returns

from the face of the glittering star.

As such soon our spiritual darkness

and the conscious feeling of depravity,

unravelled from the ruptured mists,

will fade in God's reigning.

Thee, O Christ, only do we seek to know,

Thee with a mind pure and simple

with a knee bent to entreat

we learn in what is to be wept for and in what is to be sung.

Look on our senses

and consider our whole life;

many are smeared with deceit

let them be made clean in Thy light.

May it be, O Christ, king most loving,

and to Thee Father, Glory

with the Spirit Paraclete,

in every age. Amen.