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WE WEPT WHEN WE REMEMBERED ZION




When we, our wearied limbs to rest,
sat down by proud Euphrates' stream,
We wept, with doleful thoughts oppressed,
and Zion was our mournful theme.


Our harps, that when with joy we sung,
were wont their tuneful parts to bear,
With silent strings neglected hung
on willow trees that withered there.


Meanwhile our foes, who all conspired
to triumph in our slavish wrongs,
Music and mirth of us required;
"Come, sing us one of Zion's songs."


How shall we tune our voice to sing?
or touch our harps with skilful hands?
Shall hymns of joy to God our King
be sung by slaves in foreign lands?


O Salem, our once happy seat !
when I of thee forgetful prove,
Let then my trembling hand forget
the speaking strings with art to move.


If I to mention thee forbear,
eternal silence seize my tongue;
Or if I sing one cheerful air,
till thy deliverance is my song.


Remember, Lord, how Edom's race,
in thy own city's fatal day,
cried out, "Her stately walls deface,
and with the ground quite level lay."


Proud Babel's daughter, doomed to be
of grief and woe the wretched prey;
Blessed is the man who shall to thee
the wrongs thou lay'st on us repay.


Thrice blessed, who with just rage possessed,
and deaf to all the parents' moans,
Shall snatch thy infants from the breast,
and dash their heads against the stones.


---Alternative verses---


O Salem, our once happy seat !
when I of thee forgetful prove,
Let then my trembling hand forget
the tuneful strings with art to move.

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LYRICS
Meter: 8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates:
      Bible Refs: Ps 137;
      LIST OF LYRIC SOURCES
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1821# 137
      1866# 1020
      MUSIC
      Name: WARD (HEALING BALM)
      Meter: 8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
      Writer(s):
        Dates: 1830
        SCORE PREVIEW
        score
        ALTERNATIVE TUNES
        Name meter
        8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
        8 8 8 8 (L.M.)
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