137. By the Babylonian Rivers

1 By the Babylonian rivers
we sat down in grief and wept,
hung our harps upon a willow,
mourned for Zion while we slept.

2 There our captors in derision
did require of us a song;
so we sat with staring vision,
and the days were hard and long.

3 How shall we sing the Lord's song
in a strange and bitter land?
Can our voices veil the sorrow?
Lord God, hold your holy band.

4 Let your cross be benediction
for those bound in tyranny;
by the power of resurrection
loose us from captivity.

Text Information
First Line: By the Babylonian rivers
Title: By the Babylonian Rivers
Author: Ewald Bash (1964)
Publication Date: 1985
Scripture: Psalm 137
Topic: Conclusion of Worship
Language: English
Tune Information
Arranger: John Ylvisaker (1964)
Key: d minor
Copyright: Reprinted from Songs of Praise, copyright 1964 American Lutheran Church, used by permission of Augsburg Publishing House

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