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David the king was grieved and moved,
He went to his chamber, his chamber, and wept;
And as he went he wept and said,
O my son! O my son!
Would to God I had died,
(Repeat previous line twice)
For thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!
Source: The Southern Harmony, and Musical Companion (New ed. thoroughly rev. and much enl.) #213