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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Book V
An Experience of the Captivity
[1]  BY the rivers of Babylon,
There we sat down, yea, we wept,
When we remembered Zion.
[2]  Upon the willows in the midst thereof
We hanged up our harps.
[3]  For there they that led us captive required of us songs, 1
And they 2 that wasted us required of us mirth, saying,
Sing us one of the songs of Zion.
[4]  How shall we sing Jehovah’s song
In a foreign land?
[5]  If I forget thee, O Jerusalem,
Let my right hand forget her skill.
[6]  Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth,
If I remember thee not;
If I prefer not Jerusalem
Above my chief joy.
[7]  Remember, O Jehovah, against the children of Edom
The day of Jerusalem;
Who said, Rase it, rase it,
Even to the foundation thereof.
[8]  O daughter of Babylon, that 3 art to be destroyed,
Happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee
As thou hast served us.
[9]  Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones
Against the rock.
Note 1. Heb. words of song. [back]
Note 2. Or, our tormentors. [back]
Note 3. Or, that art laid waste. [back]


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