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the Remorse of Orestes, William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1862)

Three videos in honor of the end of the world, thankfully not yesterday as Harold Camping predicted. To me, the most interesting aspect of Harold Camping’s predictions of the world’s end was not the prediction itself (technically Camping predicted the beginning of the world’s end culminating in the decisive end in some months time, we’re supposedly in for a rather unpleasant October). Many Campings have come before. I’d venture many Campings will follow in this ignominious tradition. The interesting thing about the episode was the amount of money in the whole enterprise for Camping’s self-aggrandizing personality cult organization. CNN reports:

Camping’s organization, Family Radio, is perfectly happy to take your money — and in fact, received $80 million in contributions between 2005 and 2009…. According to their most recent IRS filings, Family Radio is almost entirely funded by donations, and brought in $18 million in contributions in 2009 alone.

To be fair, the CNN piece adds that Camping has not taken a salary from Family Radio, finding further that much of Family Radio’s money is tied up in $56 million worth of broadcasting licenses (CNN examined IRS filing through 2009). And yet, it strikes me as a lot of money for an enterprise of limited social value.

On to the videos. R.E.M. and Mozart are an admittedly unusual combination, but I must yield the demands of my topic. It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine), and John Eliot Gardiner conducting the English Baroque Soloists and the Monteverdi Choir, from Mozart’s Requiem, Dies irae and Tuba mirum.





Dies irae, dies illa
Solvet saeclum in favilla,
teste David cum Sibylla.
Quantus tremor est futurus,
quando judex est venturus,
cuncta stricte discussurus!
Day of wrath, day of anger
will dissolve the world in ashes,
as foretold by David and the Sibyl.
Great trembling there will be
when the Judge descends from heaven
to examine all things closely


Tuba mirum spargens sonum
per sepulcra regionum,
coget omnes ante thronum.

Morsstupebit et natura,
cum resurget creatura,
judicanti responsura.
Liber scriptus proferetur,
in quo totum continetur,
unde mundus judicetur.

Judex ergo cum sedebit,
quidquid latet, apparebit,
nil inultum remanebit.

Quid sum miser tunc dicturus?
quem patronum rogaturus,
cum vix justus sit securus?

The trumpet will send its wondrous sound
throughout earth’s sepulchres
and gather all before the throne.

Death and nature will be astounded,
when all creation rises again,
to answer the judgement.
A book will be brought forth,
in which all will be written,
by which the world will be judged.

When the judge takes his place,
what is hidden will be revealed,
nothing will remain unavenged.

What shall a wretch like me say?
Who shall intercede for me,
when the just ones need mercy?

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