Absalon, fili mi
This is the complaint of King David when he receives the news of the death of his beloved son, Absalom. The story can be found in the second book of Samuel, chapter 18. The complaint itself is verse 33. From the 15th - 17th century this text was a quite popular text for composers to write a 'lamento'
Settings by composers
Original text and translations
Absalon fili mi,
Absalon my son,
Absalom mijn zoon,
Latin textII Samuel 18:33
O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom!
Mijn zoon Absalom, mijn zoon, mijn zoon Absalom!
Mein Sohn Absalom! Mein Sohn, mein Sohn Absalom!
add links here