Melchior Vulpius
(c.1570 - 1615)

Super flumina Babylonis
(S.S.S.A.A.T.T.T. (or A.A.A.T.T.T.B.B.))
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Edition prepared from Florilegium Portense, Leipzig, 1618. This edition is offered at original pitch (high chiavette) for S.S.S.A.A.T.T.T. or transposed down a fourth for A.A.A.T.T.T.B.B.
Lyrics: Psalm 137 v.1-4

Super flumina Babylonis illic sedimus et flevimus, cum 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?

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?