Music For Lent, 2016 (Day 3)

For today's musical meditation, here's a wonderful recording of Thomas Weelkes' English setting of the traditional hymn"When David Heard."

When David heard that Absalom was slain
He went up into his chamber over the gate and wept, 
and thus he said: my son, my son, O Absalom my son,
would God I had died for thee!

There's something about this particular text that always feels incredibly "Passion-time-y" to me, because I always imagine God the Father using David's words with reference to Jesus. (Like all analogies about God, it breaks down eventually. Immediately, even. But I find it incredibly powerful and comforting, all the same.)

Attribution(s): "Bell Tower" (source) via CC BY-SA 4.0.