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OLD 137TH | Bible Passage
Anglo-Genevan Psalter, 1556
1 BY Babel's streams we sat and wept,
When Zion we thought on.
2 In midst thereof we hung our harps
The willow trees upon.
3 For there a song required they,
Who did us captive bring:
Our spoilers called for mirth, and said,
A song of Zion sing.
4 O how the Lord's song shall we sing
Within a foreign land?
5 If thee, Jerusalem, I forget,
Skill part from my right hand.
6 My tongue to my mouth's roof let cleave,
If I do thee forget,
Jerusalem, and thee above
My chief joy do not set.
7 Remember Edom's children, Lord,
Who in Jerusalem's day,
Even unto its foundation raze,
Yea, raze it quite, did say.
8 O thou unto destruction doomed,
Daughter of Babylon;
Happy the man that doth to thee
As thou to us hast done.
9 Yea, happy surely shall he be,
Thy tender little ones
Who shall lay hold upon, and them
Shall dash against the stones.
1 Â¶ By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.
2 We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.
3 For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.
4 How shall we sing the LORD'S song in a strange land?
5 If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.
6 If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.
7 Â¶ Remember, O LORD, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.
8 O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.
9 Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.