The lamentations of Jeremiah are depicted in this 1860 woodcut by Julius Schnorr von Karolsfeld
The lamentations of Jeremiah are depicted in this 1860 woodcut by Julius Schnorr von Karolsfeld

Lamentations 2:8-11 [Latin Vulgate]

The Lord hath purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion: he hath stretched out a line, he hath not withdrawn his hand from destroying: therefore he made the rampart and the wall to lament; they languished together.

Her gates are sunk into the ground; he hath destroyed and broken her bars: her king and her princes are among the Gentiles: the law is no more; her prophets also find no vision from the Lord.

10 The elders of the daughter of Zion sit upon the ground, and keep silence: they have cast up dust upon their heads; they have girded themselves with sackcloth: the virgins of Jerusalem hang down their heads to the ground.

11 Mine eyes do fail with tears, my bowels are troubled, my liver is poured upon the earth, for the destruction of the daughter of my people; because the children and the sucklings swoon in the streets of the city.

De Lamentations Jeremiae Prophetae

[Heth.] Cogitavit Dominus dissipare murum filiae Sion; tetendit funiculum suum, et non avertit manum suam a perditione: luxitque antemurale, et murus pariter dissipatus est.

[Teth.] Defixae sunt in terra portae ejus, perdidit et contrivit vectes ejus; regem ejus et principes ejus in gentibus: non est lex, et prophetae ejus non invenerunt visionem a Domino.

10 [Jod.] Sederunt in terra, conticuerunt senes filiae Sion; consperserunt cinere capita sua, accincti sunt ciliciis: abjecerunt in terram capita sua virgines Jerusalem.

11 [Caph.] Defecerunt prae lacrimis oculi mei, conturbata sunt viscera mea; effusum est in terra jecur meum super contritione filiae populi mei, cum deficeret parvulus et lactens in plateis oppidi.


Lamentations, composed by Antonio Rodriguez de Mata (d. 1643)

Lamentations by Antonio Rodriguez de Mata (World Premiere)

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"Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Je...
“Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem” by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lamentations 1:1-2 [Latin]

How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! how is she become as a widow! she that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary!

She weepeth sore in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks: among all her lovers she hath none to comfort her: all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they are become her enemies.


Lamentations of Jeremiah I, composed by Thomas Tallis (1515-1585)

Thomas Tallis - The Lamentations of Jeremiah I

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SAATB choir, a cappella – Level C (moderately difficult). Composed by Thomas Tallis (1505-1585). Edited by Philip Brett. Mixed Voices. Tudor Church Music. Sacred, Choral Leaflet. Vocal score. 44 pages. Duration 20′. Published by Oxford University Press (OU.9780193520974).

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English: Woodcut for “Die Bibel in Bildern”, 1860. Lamentations of Jeremiah (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lamentations 1:6-7 [Latin]

And from the daughter of Zion all her beauty is departed: her princes are become like harts that find no pasture, and they are gone without strength before the pursuer.

Jerusalem remembered in the days of her affliction and of her miseries all her pleasant things that she had in the days of old, when her people fell into the hand of the enemy, and none did help her: the adversaries saw her, and did mock at her sabbaths.


Et egressus est (published in the collection of Livro de Vários Motetes [Book of Various Motets] in 1648]), composed by Manuel Cardoso (1566-1650)

Manuel Cardoso (1566-1650) - Lamentatio

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English: Woodcut for "Die Bibel in Bilder...
English: Woodcut for “Die Bibel in Bildern”, 1860. Lamentations of Jeremiah (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lamentations 1:12 [Latin]

12 Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the Lord hath afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger.

Lamentaciones de Jeremias (1999) composed by Z. Randall Stroope (b. 1953)

Lamentations of Jeremiah (Lamentaciones de Jeremias)

Lamentaciones de Jeremias (O Vos Omnes), conducted and composed by Z. Randall Stroope; Canticum Novum – performing ensemble.

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SATB choir, piano Composed by Z. Randall Stroope. Octavo. Published by Alliance Music Publications (AN.AMP-0356).