O Caritas


hunc ornatum mundi nolo perdere
video flagrare omnia res
audio clamare homines
nunc exstinguitur mundi et astrorum lumen
nunc concipitur mali hominis crimen
tristitat et lacrimis gravis est dolor
de terraeque maribus magnus est clamor
o caritas, o caritas nobis semper sit amor
nos perituri mortem salutamus
sola resurgit vita

Ah, this world is burning fast
Oh, this world will never last
I don't want to lose it here in my time
Give me time forever here in my time.

          Yusuf Islam






Translation of Latin text in Catch Bull at Four:
 
I don't want to lose the harmony of the universe
I see all things... burning, I hear men... shouting.
Now is the light of the world and the stars going out
Now does the blame for the disaster fall upon men.
Grief is heavy with sadness and tears
Great is the noise from the earth and the seas
O love, O love be with us always.
We who will perish salute death. Life alone goes on.