Poem of the Day Project: “Psalm 137”

Since it’s Sunday, I thought we’d go back to the most public domain thing out there, The Bible, for today’s poem of the day. Plus this one has the bonus of being the inspiration for a really beautiful song.

Psalm 137

 

By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept

when we remembered Zion.

There on the poplars

we hung harps,

for there our captors asked us for songs,

our tormentors demanded songs of joy;

they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

 

How can we sing the songs of the LORD

while in a foreign land?

If I forget you, O Jerusalem,

may my right hand forget its skill.

May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth

if I do not remember you,

if I do not consider Jerusalem

my highest joy.

 

Remember, O LORD, what the Edmoites did

on the day Jerusalem fell.

“Tear it down,” they cried,

“tear it down to its foundations!”

 

O Daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction,

happy is he who repays you

for what you have done to us –

he who seizes your infants

and dashes them against the rocks.

 

(From the New International Version)

(Disclaimer: I’m basing my poem choices on those I understand to be in the public domain. If I’ve made a mistake – which is very possible – and you own the copyright to a poem I have posted please e-mail me at igetabitobsessive@gmail.com and I will take the post down immediately.)

 

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