Nox atra rerum

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Nox atra rerum contegit (saec. VI-VII)


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Nox atra rerum contegit

terrae colores omnium:

nos confitentes poscimus

te, iuste iudex cordium,

Ut auferas piacula

sordeque mentis abluas,

donesque, Christe, gratiam

ut arceantur crimina.

Mens, ecce, torpet impia,

quam culpa mordet noxia;

obscura gestit tollere

et te, Redemptor, quaerere.

Repelle tu caliginem

intrinsecus quam maxime,

ut in beato gaudeat

se collocari lumine.

Sit, Christe, rex piisime,

tibi Patrique gloria

cum Spiritu Paraclito,

in sempiterna saecula. Amen.


The black night of things conceals

the colours of all things of the earth:

We confessing ask

Thee, Just Judge of Hearts,

That Thou may remove the sins

and the sordidnesses of the mind, may Thou wash away,

and may Thou grant, O Christ, grace

so that sins may be kept away.

The impious mind, behold, is torpid,

the noxious fault takes hold upon it;

dark things, it is eager to lift

and Thee, O Redeemer, to seek.

Repel, Thou, the darkness

from within, as much as possible,

so that he may rejoice

for himself to be placed in the blessed light.

May it be, O Christ, king most loving,

and to Thee Father, Glory

with the Spirit Paraclete,

in everlasting ages. Amen.