By the Waters of Babylon
Words: anonymous, Psalm 137
1 By the waters of Babylon, there we wept and there sat down; Hung our harps on the willow trees; Zion yet we remembered thee! Then our captors required of us; "Sing a song of Zion now!" Could we sing the Eternal's songs by the waters of Babylon? 2 Let my right hand forget here skill, if Jerusalem I forget; If I fail to remember thee, let my tongue cleave unto my mouth! But we thought of Jerusalem when we sat near Zion's streams; Far above even our chief joy, We remembered Jerusalem. 3 In that day of Jerusalem's fall, when the children of Edom said, "Down with here, down unto the ground, even to the foundations!" O thou daughter of Babylon, to thy ruin hast'ning on; Happy he that rewardeth thee, just as thou unto us hast done.