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Listen to a performance of the Lamentations of Jeremiah, composed in 1565 by Thomas Tallis, from a 1995 recording by the King’s Singers. The work was composed to be performed on Maundy Thursday, following text from the Book of Lamentations (???????,) in the Latin Vulgate with Hebrew letters set at the beginning of each section. The Lamentations have generally been understood to relate to the destruction of Jerusalem in the sixth century BCE. The Latin text can be followed here.
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“Civilization masks us with a screen, from ourselves and from one another, with thin depth of unreality. We habitually live — do we not? — in a world self-created, half established, of false values arbitrarily upheld, largely inspired by misconception, misapprehension, wrong perspective, and defective proportion, misapplication.”