Lamenting with the Litany

Saying Evensong today I found myself, perhaps for the first time, taking up the option to say the Litany in place of the usual intercession. Once upon a time of course it was said weekly on Sunday morning between Matins and Communion, in the rather gutsy form in the Book of Common Prayer (online at Especially in that version I wonder whether it gets as close to lament as our rather reserved tradition gets. And whether in some modified form it could be a template for our orayer now. What do you think?

The text of the more anodyne but also for many the more appropriate version in Common Worship follows below the break: