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Palestrina: Quomodo Obscuratum Est Aurum

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ALEPH. Quomodo obscuratum est aurum, mutatus est color optimus!
dispersi sunt lapides sanctuarii in capite omnium platearum! BETH. Filii Sion inclyti, et amicti auro primo: quomodo reputati sunt in vasa testea, opus manuum figuli! GHIMEL. Sed et lamiae nudaverunt mammam, lactaverunt catulos suos: filia populi mei crudelis quasi struthio in deserto. Ierusalem convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum.
Lesson 2 Aleph. How the gold has become dim, the finest colour is changed! the stones of the sanctuary are scattered in the top of every street! Beth. The noble sons of Sion, that were clothed with the best gold: how they are deemed as earthen vessels, the work of the potter's hands! Ghimel. Even the sea monsters have drawn out the breast, they have given suck to their young: the daughter of my people is as cruel as the ostrich in the desert. 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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