The full text of Chapter 1, Verse 1, reads as follows:
Quomodo sedet sola civitas How doth the city sit solitary,
plena populo that was full of people!
facta est quasi vidua how is she become as a widow!
domina gentium she that was great among the nations
princeps provinciarum and princess among the provinces,
facta est sub tributo how is she become tributary!
The event being lamented is the fall of Jerusalem in 586BC, after its conquest by Nebuchadnezzer. Readings, chantings, and choral settings of the work have been incorporated into the Tenebrae services which take place during the Holy Triduum, the three days of Holy Week that precede Easter.
Listen to the words of the Lamentations in the form of Gregorian chant:
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