Tag: magic flute

Mozart: Channeling the Voice of the Angels

English translation:

O Isis and Osiris favor
this noble pair with wisdom’s light!
Grant them your aid in their endeavor.
Lead them to find the path of right.
Lead them to find the path of right.

Let them be strong against temptation.
But if they fail in their probation
Do not their virtue need deny.
Take them to your abode on high.
Take them to your abode on high.

English translation (setting of Psalm 116):

Praise the Lord, all nations;
Praise Him, all people.
For He has bestowed
His mercy upon us,
And the truth of the Lord endures forever.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and forever,
and for generations of generations.


September 30 in History

420 AD: Death of Jerome, bible scholar who translated the Hebrew and Greek Testaments to give the world the Latin Vulgate.

1452: TRaditional date for printing of the World’s first printed Bible, the Gutenberg Bible. It is a copy of the Latin Vulgate of Jerome.

1399: Henry of Bolingbroke is proclaimed Henry IV, king of England, having dethroned Richard II (to much popular acclaim, Richard being a sort of proto- absolute monarch), thus planting a large seed for the Wars of the Roses.

1791: The first performance of Mozart’s last opera, The Magic Flute, took place in Vienna.

1888: Jack the Ripper kills two women in one night (probably), Liz Stride and Catherine Eddowes.

1927: Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to score 60 home runs in a season.

1955: James Dean, movie star, dies in auto accident at age 24.