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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of King James the First.  1847.
VIII. Henry Ainsworth
BY Babel’s rivers there sate wee,
Yea wept, when wee did mind Sion;
The willowes that amidds it bee
Our harps we hanged them upon:
For songs of us there ask did they        5
That had us captive led along;
And mirth they that us heaps did lay,
Sing unto us some Sion’s song.
Jehovah’s song how sing shall wee
Within a forreyn people’s land?        10
Jerusalem, if I doe thee
Forget, forget let my right hand,
Cleave let my tongue to my palat,
If I do not in mind thee bear;
If I Jerusalem doe not        15
Above my cheifest joy prefer.
Remember, Lord, to Ædom’s sonns
Day of Jerusalem, who sayd,
Rase, rase to her foundations!
Daughter of Babel, wastful layd,        20
O blessed he that thy reward
Payes thee, which thou rewardest us!
O blessed he that takes, and hard
Against the rock thy babes doth crush!

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