Tratto dal testo omonimo del grande John Henry Newman, di cui abbiamo accennato in un precedente post, fu musicato da Edward Elgar nel 1900, opera n.38 per coro e orchestra in due atti.  Riportiamo qui il passo che è riprodotto nel video. L’intero libretto è reperibile a questo indirizzo : http://www.elgar.org/3gerontl.htm 

La versione qui riprodotta in video è quella eseguita dal tenore Inglese Peter Pears. Sicuramente esistono versioni migliori, ma trovo questa interpretazione, ovviamente per esclusivo parere personale e non competente, molto espressiva e coinvolgente.    

Gerontius
Sanctus fortis, Sanctus Deus,
De profundis oro te,
Miserere, Judex meus,
Parce mihi, Domine.
Firmly I believe and truly
God is Three, and God is One;
And I next acknowledge duly
Manhood taken by the Son.
And I trust and hope most fully
In that Manhood crucified;
And each thought and deed unruly
Do to death, as He has died.
Simply to His grace and wholly
Light and life and strength belong.
And I love, supremely, solely,
Him the holy, Him the strong.
Sanctus fortis, Sanctus Deus,
De profundis oro te,
Miserere, Judex meus,
Parce mihi, Domine.
And I hold in veneration,
For the love of Him alone,
Holy Church, as His creation,
And her teachings, as His own.
And I take with joy whatever
Now besets me, pain or fear,
And with a strong will I sever
All the ties which bind me here.
Adoration aye be given,
With and through the angelic host,
To the God of earth and heaven,
Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
Sanctus fortis, Sanctus Deus,
De profundis, oro te,
Miserere, Judex meus,
Mortis in discrimine.
I can no more; for now it comes again,
That sense of ruin, which is worse than pain,
That masterful negation and collapse
Of all that makes me man.
. . . And, crueller still,
A fierce and restless fright begins to fill
The mansion of my soul. And worse, and worse,
Some bodily form of ill
Floats on the wind, with many a loathsome curse
Tainting the hallowed air, and laughs, and flaps
Its hideous wings
And makes me wild with horror and dismay.
O Jesu, help! pray for me, Mary, pray!
Some Angel, Jesu! such as came to Thee
In Thine own agony . . .
Mary, pray for me. Joseph, pray for me.
Mary, pray for me.

Assistants
Rescue him, O Lord, in this his evil hour,
As of old, so many by Thy gracious power:-
Noe from the waters in a saving home; (Amen.)
Job from all his multi-form and fell distress; (Amen.)
Moses from the land of bondage and despair; (Amen.)
David from Golia and the wrath of Saul; (Amen.)
. . . – So, to show Thy power,
Rescue this Thy servant in his evil hour.

Gerontius
Novissima hora est; and I fain would sleep,
The pain has wearied me. . . . Into Thy hands,
O Lord, into Thy hands. . . .

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