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Libera Me (Lt.: Deliver me) is a Roman Catholic responsory sung during Requiem Masses for the absolution of sins of the dead. The text in and of itself is very sobering: while it alludes to the second coming of Christ and the very fearful Judgment Day, the singer, on behalf of the dead person, calls out for God's mercy.

While the original was in plainchant, a number of composers have written settings for this responsory.

This is my humble take on Libera Me, sung on behalf of our beloved dead.

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Libera me, Domine, de morte æterna,
in die illa tremenda, in die illa tremenda:

Quando cœli movendi sunt et terra,
Quando cœli movendi sunt et terra:
Dum veneris iudicare sæculum per ignem

Tremens factus sum ego!
Dies illa, dies iræ, calamitatis et miseriæ,
Dies illa, dies iræ, dies magna et amara valde!
(et timeo, dum discussio venerit, atque ventura ira!)

Quando cœli movendi sunt et terra,
Quando cœli movendi sunt et terra:
Dum veneris iudicare sæculum per ignem

Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine: et lux perpetua luceat eis

TRANSLATION:

Deliver me, O Lord, from death eternal,
on that fearful day, on that fearful day:

When the heavens and the earth shall be moved,
When the heavens and the earth shall be moved:
When thou shalt come to judge the world by fire

I am made to tremble!
That day, day of wrath, calamity, and misery,
That day, day of wrath, day of great and exceeding bitterness!
(and I fear, till the judgment be upon us, and the coming wrath!)

When the heavens and the earth shall be moved,
When the heavens and the earth shall be moved:
When thou shalt come to judge the world by fire

Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord: and let light perpetual shine upon them

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from Terre des Hommes Libres ~ The Single, released February 13, 2013
The lyrics are taken from the original Libera Me chant and are in the public domain.

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