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When we did sit in Babylon the rivers

When we did sit in Babylon
the rivers round about,
Then in remembrance of Zion
the tears for grief burst out.

We hanged our harps and instruments
the willow trees upon:
For in that place men for their use
had planted many one.

Then they to whom we pris'ners were
said to us tauntingly,
Now let us hear your Hebrew songs
and pleasant melody.

Alas! said we, who can once frame
his heavy heart to sing
The praises of our living God,
thus under a strange king?

But yet if I Jerusalem
out of my heart let slide;
Then let my fingers quite forget
the warbling harp to guide:

And let my tongue within my mouth
be tied for ever fast,
If I rejoice before I see
thy full deliv'rance past.

Therefore, O Lord, remember now
the curs-ed noise and cry
That Edom's sons against us made,
when they razed our city.

Remember, Lord, their cruel words,
when with a mighty sound
They cried; Down. yea, down with it
unto the very ground.

E'en so shalt thou, O Babylon,
at length to dust be brought;
And happy shall that man be called,
that our revenge hath wrought:

Yea, bless-ed shall that man be called,
that takes thy little ones,
And dasheth them in pieces small
against the very stones.

marker 99
Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
      Dates: 1556,1812
      Bible Refs: Ps 137;
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1812# 137
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