David's Lamentation (William Billings)
- Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-11-08). Score information: A4, 2 pages, 98 kB Copyright: CC BY SA
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- Editor: Rafael Ornes (submitted 1999-08-06). Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 37 kB Copyright: CPDL
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Title: David's Lamentation
Composer: William Billings
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.
Original text and translations
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!”