38 By The Rivers Of Babylon

Sung without instrumental accompaniment

BY THE RIVERS OF BABYLON
 (PSALM 137)
(Sung to the music of “Home Sweet Home” The Church Hymnal, No. 415)


By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down;
Yea, we wept on remembering Zion our love;
And we hanged up our harps the frail willows upon,
Yea, we hanged them right up in the middle thereof.

Chorus: O Zion, O Zion, Jerusalem adored,
There’s no place like Zion to worship our Lord.

For thereat those who carried us captive away,
Had required a song in our own native tongue.
There was mirth sought by those
Whom our race made decay,
Saying, “Sing us a song that in Zion is sung.”

But oh! how shall we sing in a land that is strange,
Such a song as in Zion we sang to our Lord?
If my heart from Jerusalem forgetful should range,
Let my right hand forget how my shaft leaves its cord.

If I do not remember thee, then let my tongue
To the roof of my mouth in depravity cloy,
If I think: not of Zion from which I have sprung,
If I place not Jerusalem above my chief joy.

And the children of Edom remember, 0 Lord,
In the day when Jerusalem returns from her guilt.
They who said raise, yes raise it with fire and sword,
Even from the foundation on which it is built.

And oh! daughter of Babylon, doomed to decline,
Happy he who on thee our sad slavery atones.
Happy he, too, who taketh the children of thine.
As he dashes them woefully over the stones.

Chorus: O Zion, O Zion, Jerusalem adored,
There’s no place like Zion to worship our Lord.

Written by – John H. Betz

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