1 Super flumina Babylonis,   1 By the waters of Babylon, 
illic sedimus et flevimus, - there we sat and wept,
dum recordaremur tui, Sion. -. when we remembered thee, O Zion.
2 In salicibus in medio ejus - 2 As for our harps, we hanged them up
suspendimus organa nostra. upon the trees that are therein
3 quia illic interrogaverunt nos,   - 3 For there they that led us into captivity required of us the words of songs.
qui captivos duxerunt nos, verba cantionum; And they that carried us away, said:
et qui abduxerunt nos: Hymnum cantate nobis de canticis Sion.    . Sing ye to us a hymn of the songs of Sion.
4 Quomodo cantabimus canticum Domini in terra aliena?   -- . 4 How shall we sing the song of the Lord in a strange land?
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