Saturday, February 26, 2011


This is the Tallis Scholars in Merton College, Oxford, performing the First Lamentation for Maundy Thursday by Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611). This year is the 400th anniversary of his death.

The English version of the Latin text begins:
Here begins the lamentation of the prophet Jeremiah.
How desolate lies the city that was once full of people:
the queen of nations has become as a widow;
the ruler of provinces is now subject to others.
By night she weeps in sorrow
and tears run down her cheeks.


Pdogge said...

Beautiful just beautiful.Well timed Q U

Stephanie said...

If this was FB I would 'like'. Instead I thank you for finding such beautiful and sustaining words at this time.

Unknown said...

Having trouble with words right now. I suppose that's where music like this comes into its own.

Stephen Stratford said...

I'm so glad you liked this. It's music I love but yes, the words seem to fit right now.

Sp8y said...

Oh Stephen, that is so beautiful, and so poignant. With love from us to you all.