Lamentation over Boston, The
DESCRIPTION: "By the Rivers of Watertown we sat down & wept, we wept... when we remember'd thee, O Boston...." The singer asks God to protect Boston. "A voice was heard in Roxbury" weeping due to the threat. The singer promises not to forget the danger
AUTHOR: William Billings
EARLIEST DATE: 1778 (The SInging Master's Assistant, according to Flanders-NewGreen)
KEYWORDS: war rebellion America nonballad
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Flanders-NewGreen, pp. 183-184, "The Lamentation over Boston" (1 text)
NOTES: This is largely based on Psalm 137, with its opening phrase "By the waters of Babylon" and its lyric promise three verses later, "If I forget thee, O Jerusalem...." There is also an invocation of "Rachel's lament for her children," mentioned in Jer. 31:15 and quoted in Matt. 2:18.
For more about composer William Billings, see the notes to "Chester." - RBW
Last updated in version 4.2
Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Song List
Go to the Ballad Index Instructions
Go to the Ballad Index Bibliography or Discography
The Ballad Index Copyright 2017 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.