David's Lamentation (William Billings)

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  • (Posted 2021-11-08)  CPDL #66625:  Network.png
Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-11-08).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 98 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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General Information

Title: David's Lamentation
Composer: William Billings

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredAnthemLament

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1778 in The Singing Master's Assistant
Description: A setting of David's lament for his son Absalom, based on 2 Samuel 18:33. First published in The Singing-Master's Assistant, 1778, p. 22.

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Original text and translations

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David, the king, was grieved and moved,
He went to his chamber and wept;
And as he went he wept, and said:
"O my son! O my son!
Would to God I had died
For thee, O Absalom, my son!”