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By Flowing Streams in Babylon

  1. By flowing streams in Babylon,
    when we remembered Zion there,
    we sat down and we wept in grief;
    on willows there we hung our lyres.
  2. For there our captors called for songs,
    our cruel tormentors asked for mirth.
    They called for us to sing to them:
    “Come, sing us one of Zion’s songs!”
  3. But how can we the LORD’s song sing,
    when we are in a foreign land?
    If I forget Jerusalem,
    let my right hand forget its skill!
  4. O let my tongue to my palate cleave
    if I do not remember you,
    if I set not Jerusalem
    above my greatest, highest joy.
  5. Remember Edom’s sons, O LORD,
    who uttered in Jerus’lem’s day,
    “O lay it bare, O lay it bare!
    Destroy down to the ground its base.”
  6. O Babel’s daughter, doomed to die,
    blest be the one repaying you.
    Blest he who takes your little ones
    and dashes them against the rock!
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137
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Psalm 137
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Composer Information
Lloyd, John Ambrose (1815–1874)