Psalm 137 W.W.
Words: Sternhold and Hopkins, The Whole Book of Psalms Collected into English Metre
1 When we did sit in Babylon the rivers round about, Then in remembrance of Zion the tears for grief burst out.
2 We hanged our harps and instruments the willow trees upon: For in that place men for their use had planted many one.
3 Then they to whom we pris'ners were said to us tauntingly, Now let us hear your Hebrew songs and pleasant melody.
4 Alas! said we, who can once frame his heavy heart to sing The praises of our living God, thus under a strange king?
5 But yet if I Jerusalem out of my heart let slide; Then let my fingers quite forget the warbling harp to guide:
6 And let my tongue within my mouth be tied for ever fast, If I rejoice before I see thy full deliv'rance past.
7 Therefore, O Lord, remember now the curs-ed noise and cry That Edom's sons against us made, when they razed our city.
8 Remember, Lord, their cruel words, when with a mighty sound They cried; Down. yea, down with it unto the very ground.
9 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:
10 Yea, bless-ed shall that man be called, that takes thy little ones, And dasheth them in pieces small against the very stones.