Psalm 137

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 8,6,8,6

1    By Babel's streams we sat and wept,
       when Sion we thought on.
2    In midst thereof we hang'd our harps
       the willow-trees upon.
3    For there a song required they,
       who did us captive bring:
     Our spoilers call'd for mirth, and said,
       A song of Sion sing.

4    O how the Lord's song shall we sing
       within a foreign land?
5    If thee, Jerus'lem, I forget,
       skill part from my right hand.
6    My tongue to my mouth's roof let cleave,
       if I do thee forget,
     Jerusalem, and thee above
       my chief joy do not set.

7    Remember Edom's children, Lord,
       who in Jerus'lems day,
     Ev'n unto its foundation,
       Raze, raze it quite, did say.
8    O daughter thou of Babylon,
       near to destruction;
     Bless'd shall he be that thee rewards,
       as thou to us hast done.

9    Yea, happy surely shall he be
       thy tender little ones
     Who shall lay hold upon, and them
       shall dash against the stones.

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