Tomás Luis de Victoria: Astituerunt reges terrae

Duccio di Buoninsegna, Crowning with Thorns, Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena. 1308-11

Astiterunt reges terrae,
The kings of the earth rose up,
et principes convenerunt in unum,
and the princes assembled together
adversus Dominum, et adversus Christum eius.
against the Lord, and against His Christ.
Quare fremuerunt gentes,
Why have the nations given vent to their rage,
et populi meditati sunt inania?
and why have the people set their hearts on empty thoughts?

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