By the Waters of Babylon


Song. Based on Psalm 137

By the waters of Babylon we sat and wept,
As we remembered Zion.


Our captors required of us a song:
They said, "Sing us a song of Zion!"
But how could we sing Yahweh's song
In that strange land?


That strange land was a place of our own making:
We were brought there -- but then we left the Lord.
We thought we could live lives of ease
Without the Lord!


But God, full of grace and love and patience,
Refreshed our souls and turned our hearts to him.
And now we desire the Lord again
To sing his praise!


Arise now, and come with me to Zion.
We will return to the God who made and loves us,
And sing all his songs once again
In His own land!