1 By the Babylonian rivers
We sat down in grief and wept;
Hung our harps upon the willow,
Mourned for Zion when 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 the Cross be benediction
For those bound in tyranny;
By the power of resurrection
Loose them from captivity.
Source: RitualSong: a hymnal and service book for Roman Catholics #543
|First Line:||By the Babylonian rivers|
|Title:||By the Babylonian Rivers|
|Author:||Ewald Bash (1964)|
|Copyright:||From "Songs for Today," © 1964 American Lutheran Church. Reprinted by permission of Augsburg Fortress.|