"Hellfire" is a song sung by Judge Claude Frollo in Disney's 1996 animated film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. It features Frollo singing confessions of his lustful thoughts towards the gypsy Esmeralda along with the sacred chanting of Catholic priests.

The song is performed by Frollo's voice actor, the late Tony Jay, and the chorus was provided by the English National Opera Company.


Confiteor Deo Omnipotenti {I confess to God almighty}
Beatae Mariae semper Virgini {To blessed Mary ever Virgin}
Beato Michaeli archangelo {To the blessed archangel Michael}
Sanctis apostolis omnibus sanctis {To the holy apostles, to all the saints}

Beata Maria, {Blessed Mary}
You know I am a righteous man
Of my virtue I am justly proud

(Et tibi Pater) {(And to you, Father)}

Beata Maria, {Blessed Mary}
You know I'm so much purer than
The common, vulgar, weak, licentious crowd

(Quia peccavi nimis) {(That I have sinned)}

Then tell me, Maria
Why I see her dancing there
Why her smold'ring eyes still scorch my soul

(Cogitatione) {(In thought)}

I feel her, I see her
The sun caught in her raven hair
Is blazing in me out of all control

(Verbo et opere) {(In word and deed)}

Like fire
This fire in my skin
This burning
Is turning me to sin

It's not my fault
(Mea culpa) {(Through my fault)}
I'm not to blame
(Mea culpa) {(Through my fault)}
It is the gypsy girl
The witch who sent this flame
(Mea maxima culpa) {(Through my most griveous fault)}
It's not my fault
(Mea culpa) {(Through my fault)}
If in God's plan
(Mea culpa) {(Through my fault)}
He made the devil so much
Stronger than a man
(Mea maxima culpa) {(Through my most grievious fault)}

Protect me, Maria
Don't let the siren cast her spell
Don't let her fire sear my flesh and bone
Destroy Esmeralda
And let her taste the fires of Hell!
Or else let her be mine and mine alone

[Minister Frollo, the gypsy has escaped.]
[She's nowhere in the cathedral. She's gone.]
[But how? I... Never mind. Get out, you idiot! I'll find her! I'll find her if I have to burn down all of Paris!]

Dark fire
Now gypsy, it's your turn
Choose me or
Your pyre
Be mine or you will burn!

(Kyrie Eleison) {(Lord have mercy)}
God have mercy on her
(Kyrie Eleison) {(Lord have mercy)}
God have mercy on me
(Kyrie Eleison) {(Lord have mercy)}
But she will be mine
Or she will burn!

Other AppearancesEdit

  • The song was featured on The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Original Soundtrack).
  • Instrumental versions of Hellfire have been used in various Disney park shows, such as:
    • World of Color
    • Fantasmic!
    • Wishes: A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams
    • HalloWishes
    • Believe... There's Magic in the Stars
    • Mickey's Gift of Dreams
  • The song is included in the musical stage adaptation.







  • The song is grouped with "Heaven's Light" on the soundtrack.
  • The song and sequence prompted the ratings board of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) to consider a PG rating for the film.
  • Despite Frollo claiming to be a righteous man, he displays some form of all Seven Deadly Sins in the lyrics of the song. This was likely done intentionally to show his hypocritical way of thinking.
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