A Chant for the Departed (Cantus Exanimatorum)

by Irene Zhong

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One morning I woke up and had the crazy idea of getting my amazing friend to translate some DA chants into Latin so I can write some music to them. So here’s the Chant for the Departed! I like to think that this is probably what it sounds like in Tevinter chantries? maybe?


The Light shall lead her safely
Through the paths of this world, and into the next.
For she who trusts in the Maker, fire is her water.
As the moth sees light and goes toward flame,
She should see fire and go towards Light.
The Veil holds no uncertainty for her,
And she will know no fear of death, for the Maker
Shall be her beacon and her shield, her foundation and her sword.

Here are the Latin lyrics, for the interested:

Lux tute eam ducet
Per vias huius orbis terrarum, et in proximum
Igne est aqua, quae Creatori credit
Sic tinea lucem videt flammamque adit,
Haud aliter ignem videat lucemque petat.
Velamen illi nullum errorem habet,
Et nullum timorem mori noscet,
enim Creator
Lumen scutumque erit,
fundamentum et ensis.


released April 21, 2015



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Irene Zhong Australia

hi, i'm irene! i am an aspiring composer studying composition in uni.

i play the violin, piano, i sing, and i dabble around on pretty much anything i can find. I find most of my inspirations from my personal life, my surroundings, as well as film and game soundtracks. :) ... more

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