Antonio Savetta
(c.1560 - 1641)

Super flumina Babylonis
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Easter motet from Promptuarii musici (vol. 4), 1617. This edition is at original pitch.
Lyrics: Psalm 137, v.1-6

Super flumina Babylonis illic sedimus et flevimus: dum recordaremur tui, Sion.
In salicibus in medio ejus suspendimus organa nostra:
Quia illic interrogaverunt nos, qui captivos duxerunt nos, verba cantionum et qui abduxerunt nos: Hymnum cantate nobis de canticis Sion.
Quomodo cantabimus canticum Domini in terra aliena?
Si oblitus fuero tui, Jerusalem: oblivioni detur dextera mea.
Adhaereat lingua mea faucibus meis, si non meminero tui: si non proposuero Jerusalem in principio laetitiae meae.

By the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept: when we remembered thee, O Sion.
As for our harps, we hanged them up: upon the trees that are therein.
For they that led us away captive required of us then a song, and melody in our heaviness: Sing us one of the songs of Sion.
How shall we sing the Lord's song: in a strange land?
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem: let my right hand forget her cunning.
If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth: yea, if I prefer not Jerusalem in my mirth.