By the Babylonian Rivers

Author: Ewald Bash

Ewald J. Bash (Indiana, 1924-- ). A poet and also an occasional writer of folk melodies, his personal interests arose in the era of return to genuine folk music of the early Sixties and continued into the Seventies during the time of turmoil and crisis. His lyrics, set to a Latvian folk song, "Hymn for Those in Captivity," appears in Cantate Domine. He also composed hymns which have appeared in the hymnals of a number of communions. He was part of a folk liturgical movement in the Lutheran Church and contributed much to a development of such moods in an early work, Songs for Today. Certain of his work has also appeared in Jerusalem/Babylon: Handbook for a Christian in the Urban World. --Ewald J. Bash, DNAH Archives In a letter from Ba… Go to person page >



CAPTIVITY is a traditional Latvian folk tune; it is also known as KAS DZIEDAJA from the Latvian poem associated with the tune. The title CAPTIVITY is derived from its more recent use (especially in post-Vatican II Roman Catholicism) with Ewald Bash's paraphrase of Psalm 137, which begins "By the Bab…

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Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #94


Global Songs for Worship #41

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Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #72

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Hymnal Supplement 1991 #737


Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #651

Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #246

Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #137A

Rejoice in the Lord #137

Sing and Rejoice!: new hymns for congregations #13

Sing Glory: Hymns, Psalms and Songs for a New Century #655

Singing the Faith #694

The Faith We Sing #2217

Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #859

With One Voice #656

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Worship (3rd ed.) #426

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