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Incipit Oratio Ieremiae Prophetae:
Recordare, Domine, quid acciderit nobis; intuere et respice opprobrium nostrum. Haereditas nostra versa est ad alienos, domus nostrae ad extraneos. Pupilli facti sumus absque patre, matres nostrae quasi viduae. Aquam nostram pecunia bibimus; ligna nostra pretio comparavimus.
Cervicibus nostris minabamur, lassis non dabatur requies. Ægypto dedimus manum et Assyriis, ut saturaremur pane. Patres nostri peccaverunt, et non sunt: et nos iniquitates eorum portavimus. Servi dominati sunt nostri: non fuit qui redimeret de manu eorum. Ierusalem convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum.

Lesson 3 Here begins the Prayer of Jeremiah the Prophet: Remember, O Lord, what has happened to us: consider and behold our disgrace. Our inheritance is given over to foreigners, our houses to strangers. We have become orphans without a father, our mothers are as widows. We have drunk our own water for money; we have bought our own wood. We have yielded our hand to Egypt and Assyria, so that we might have enough bread. We were dragged by the necks, we were weary and no rest was given us. Our fathers have sinned, and are dead: and we have borne their iniquities. Servants have ruled over us: there was none to redeem us from their hand. Jerusalem, turn back to the Lord your God.

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from Sacred Hearts + Secret Music, released February 7, 2009

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