Words: Lamentations of Jeremiah 1:1-2.
Music: Peter R. Hallock (b. 1924), 1972, ed. Carl Crosier, 1986.
Recording: The Compline Choir, CD “Night Music,” 2001.
Here begins the Lamentation of Jeremiah the Prophet.
How deserted lies the city once so full of people: how like a widow
she is, who once was great among the nations, and princess
among the provinces, how is she become tributary.
Bitterly she weeps in the night, and tears are upon her cheeks:
Among all her lovers there is none to comfort her.
All of her friends have betrayed her; they have become her enemies.
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, return to the Lord your God.