All texts are sung by the choir, with the exception of the torture parts (boy treble) and the boogie-woogie “Shake of … ” (tenor). The Stabat Mater parts are set bold.
Stabat Mater dolorosa, juxta crucem lacrimosa, dum pendebat filius.
About to die
Quis est homo qui non fleret
Ein guter mensch!
Drop, drop, slow blood and tears
Burst forth, my tears, crystal tears
The crowds applaud you
Afraid to die
Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder
Matrem Christi si videret
To cry for vengeance in tanto supplicio
“They’ll resurrect you”
Hilf dir selber, du bist Gottes Sohn?
Then light a candle up in Kingdom-come
Eia mater, fons amoris
Kommt ihr Töchter helft mir klagen
Sad, sad, sad – sin does never cease
Mater, make a welcome for the Saviour’s Son
Me sentire vim doloris, Fac ut tecum lugeam
A candle burning bright enough to tear that city down
Fac ut ardeat cor meum
I am sick, I must die.
Treble: “Male genitals are beaten with a braided steel whip and thin sandbags; they are tied with a rope and yanked. Women suffer flogging at the breasts, hitting inferior and superior surfaces of the breasts in rapid succession with a plank, beating in the crutch, and jamming objects such as sticks, guns and fingers in the vagina. One young girl in the Asphalia was deflowered by a stick and hung from this and an other support on the wall. After this she was unable to respond to any outside stimulus except by tears”
Weh, weh, weh
In amandum Christum Deum
“Hey you, dein Mutter ist tot”
Hah, hah, hah
Tenor: Shake of your heavy trance and leap into a dance, such as no mortals use to tread
Ut sibi complaceam
Their cheers ignore you
Ein guter Mensch – the crowds reward you
Christe cum sit hinc exire da per matrem me venire ad palmam victoriae
Treble: “Men are hung by the arms or feet from ceilings or trees. They are often beaten while hung up this way, with the result that dislocation of the shoulders may occur”
Wash yourself and see your sorrow stay
Make a welcome for the Saviour’s Son
Eli, Eli, Labaktani?
Treble: “A common device is burial up to the mouth for long periods. They are being burned on the face with a hot iron and having their facial hair burned off”
Quando corpus morietur
The winds are raging, the winds are cold
Am Abend da es kühl war …
Fac, ut animae donetur
And bathe those beauteous feet which brought from Heaven the news and Prince of peace
Cease not wet eyes
His mercies to entreat
Seelig sind die Toten: Treble: “The hair is shaven of and stuffed into the mouth”
Sin does never cease
In your deep floods drown all my faults and fears
Nor let His eye see sin, but through my tears
-still, – ganz still ,,,,,
I am sick, I must die
Sorrow stay – have mercy on us.