137:1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.

137:2 Upon the willows in the midst thereof we hanged up our harps.

137:3 For there they that led us captive asked of us words of song, and our tormentors asked of us mirth: 'Sing us one of the songs of Zion.'

137:4 How shall we sing the Lord'S song in a foreign land?

137:5 If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.

137:6 Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I remember thee not; if I set not Jerusalem above my chiefest joy.

137:7 Remember, O the Lord, against the children of Edom the day of Jerusalem; who said: 'Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.'

137:8 O daughter of Babylon, that art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that repayeth thee as thou hast served us.

137:9 Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the rock.

Hebrew Transliteration

137:1 `al naharoth bâbhel shâm yâshabhnu gam-bâkhiynu bezâkherênu'eth-tsiyyon

137:2 `al-`arâbhiym bethokhâh tâliynu kinnorothêynu

137:3 kiy shâmshe'êlunu shobhêynu dibhrêy-shiyr vetholâlêynu simchâh shiyru lânu mishiyrtsiyyon

137:4 'êykh nâshiyr 'eth-shiyr-Adonay `al 'adhmath nêkhâr

137:5 'im-'eshkâchêkh yerushâlâim tishkach yemiyniy

137:6 tidhbaq-leshoniy lechikkiy'im-lo' 'ezkerêkhiy 'im-lo' 'a`aleh 'eth-yerushâlaim `al ro'sh simchâthiy

137:7 zekhor Adonay libhnêy 'edhom 'êth yom yerushâlâim hâ'omeriym`âru `âru `adh haysodh bâh

137:8 bath-bâbhel hashedhudhâh 'ashrêy sheyshallem-lâkh 'eth-gemulêkh sheggâmalt lânu

137:9 'ashrêy sheyyo'chêz venippêts'eth-`olâlayikh 'el-hassâla`

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