Requiem Mass Poem
For 3 Voices & a Chorus

Requiem Mass

for 3 Solo Voices

& a Chorus

 

Introit

 

CHORUS

Requiem aeternum

Grant them rest and be them blessed

As they lay beyond the see dreaming you and weeping me

From thousand points where once they bred

The live the ways the times all fled

As hymnals to them all become

One thousand million and a one

Silent shitting in Jerusalem

O the sacred hymn

Eternal rest with Him

 

SOLO 1

The dead

 

CHORUS

The dying

 

SOLO 2

            And the gone

 

CHORUS

Let them

 

SOLO1

            All

 

CHORUS

Be moving on

 

SOLO 3

            The dead

 

CHORUS

O dying

 

SOLO 2

            O the gone

 

 

CHORUS

All of

 

SOLO 3

            Them

 

CHORUS

Rest forever

 

SOLO 1

            So

 

SOLOS 2 & 3

                        Passing on.

 

CHORUS

O passing on, Jerusalem,

Highest grant them rest,

In their beds, forever weeds,

May they grow so blest,

All flesh sundered up to thee

From hill and dale to shining sea

Grant them eternal rest.

 

Kyrie

 

CHORUS

Chirst! Have mercy.

 

SOLO 1

Kyrie elieson.

 

CHORUS

Kyrie elieson.

 

SOLO 2

Christ, have mercy…

 

CHORUS

Kyrie eleison.

 

SOLO 3

Christ. Have mercy.

 

CHORUS

Lord have mercy,

Christ, have mercy,

O lord, have mercy!

 

Gradual

 

SOLO 1

Requiem aeternum dona eis, Domine;

 

            CHORUS                                                        SOLO 2

Requiem aeternum dona eis, Domine;    in memoria aterna erit Justus, ab

                                                                        Auditione mala non timebit.

 

CHORUS

Grant them eternal rest, O lord

 

SOLO 3

He shall be

 

SOLO 1

            Justified in everlasting

 

SOLO 3

Memory.

 

CHORUS

Requiem aternum, dona eis, Domine;

 

SOLO 2

And shall not fear

 

SOLO 1

                        Evil

 

SOLO 2

                                    Reports.

 

CHORUS

In memoria aeternum erit Justus, ab aditione mala non timebit

 

SOLO 2

Grant the weary rest my lord,

From the world, and from the sword,

Let them lay down the memory,

And sprinkle ash-selves into the sea,

Whereupon they shall be free

From all the evils, blessed in He.

Tract

 

CHORUS

Departing faithful with chains and sins

In your hands are to begin

The new lives eternally,

So bless them, bless them call we.

 

SOLO 3

Absolve.

 

SOLO 1

            Domine.

 

CHORUS

The blessedness of light

Coming into sight,

And they that might have sinned

Now in your light are in,

So forgive them by your grace

Let them see your face,

O Lord, we trust they shall come in.

 

Dies Irae

 

CHORUS

Dies irae, dies illa…

 

SOLO 1

Day of wrath, O mournful sorrow,

Not to live until tomorrow,

To see the prophets warning fulfilled

Heaven and earth burning killed.

 

SOLO 3

When Judge comes down

And fear treads in

Sentences pronounced

Upon All Sin.

 

CHORUS

O mournful day, O day of death…

 

SOLO 1

He takes the book

Wherein is recorded

What sins for good

And evil are rewarded.

 

CHORUS

Dies irae, dues illa…

 

SOLO 2

Should I, the frail,

Plead my case out?

Who will interceded

When e’en the just are in doubt?

 

SOLOS 1 & 3

O greatest judge

Grant absolution

I repent me now

My sinful life’s pollution

 

SOLO 2

I kneel lowly,

Tears in my peasant eyes,

Like ashes dark

Break me to your skies.

 

CHORUS

Dies irae, dies illa,

Solvet saeclum in favilla

 

            CHORUS                                            SOLO 3

Teste David cum Sybilla                        As to David Sybil foretold

 

Offertory

 

CHORUS

From the deep pit liberate,

Of Jesus Christ, of mercy great.

Do not let the lion swallow

Where faith seeds are not fallow

And let not Tartar’s blackness eat

But let us suck the Light as teat

Where Michael bearing his sign

Leads to the promised holy line

 

SOLO 1

As promised you to Abrahams seed

Lead us to the light, who need

 

SOLO 3

As we in praise and prayer are rapt

In this mortal world entrapped

 

CHORUS

Accept this praise that we offer

To fill you Most High coffers,

In honor of the blessed dead

Let them live eternal, as you said.

 

SOLO 2

Domine, Jesus Christe…

 

SOLOS 2 & 1

Domine, Jesus Christe, Rex gloriae…

 

CHORUS

Domine, Jesus Christe, Rex gloriae…

Domine, Jesus Christe, Rex gloriae…

Domine, Jesus Christe, Rex gloriae…

 

Sanctus

 

SOLO 3

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus

 

CHORUS

Dominus Deus Sabaoth

 

SOLO 1

Holy Holy Holy

 

CHORUS

Lord of all Earth,

Lord of all Heaven,

O, all is full of Glory

 

SOLO 2

Hosanna

 

CHORUS

            In excelsis

Your majesty the story.

 

 

SOLO 3

Blessed comes He

Bearing the Lord,

Which uttered is great

As any tyrant sword.

 

SOLO 1

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus

 

CHORUS

Hosanna in excelsis.

 

Angus Dei

 

CHORUS

Lamb of God,

Which did trod

On any ancient mountain green

Take away the sin

Of those we lay in,

Grant them rest from worldly scenes.

 

SOLO 2

Angus Dei…

 

SOLO 3

            Angus Dei…

 

SOLO 1

                        Angus Dei…

 

CHORUS

Lamb of God,

To wash the sins

Away from all the world

Grant them rest

And count them blessed

In your outstretched arms curled.

 

SOLO 2

Angus Dei…

 

SOLO 3

            Angus Dei…

 

 

SOLO 1

                        Angus Dei…

 

CHORUS

Lamb of God,

Qui tollis pecatta

Mundi, dona eis, Requiem

In your mercy

Wash away the sins

And grant promised rest to them.

 

Communion

 

SOLO 3

Lux aeterna

 

CHORUS

Eternal light

 

SOLO 2

Everlasting

 

CHORUS

Shine so bright.

 

SOLO 3

Domine

 

CHORUS

Lord with saints, eternal

Domine,

 

SOLO 1

So merciful

 

CHORUS

Requiem aeternum dona eis, Domine;

Grant them eternal rest we pray.

Et luc perpetua luceat est,

May they bathe in your light, blessed.

           

AMEN.