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72. By the Babylonian Rivers (Psalm 137)

Text Information
First Line: By the Babylonian rivers
Title: By the Babylonian Rivers (Psalm 137)
Author: Ewald Bash (1964)
Language: English
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: ;
Topic: God's Covenant with Israel; Lament
Copyright: © 1964 American Lutheran Church (admin. Augsburg Fortress)
Tune Information
Harmonizer: Geoffrey Laycock (1971)
Key: d minor
Source: Latvian melody

Text Information:

Babylon is both geographic and symbolic, the city where exiled Jews were taken and any place where people are forced to remain away from what is dear and holy to them. So we sing this paraphrase of Psalm 137 to its doleful minor tune in solidarity with all displaced people.

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