Pierre Bonhomme
(c.1555 - 1617)

Super flumina Babylonis
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From Melodiae sacræ... Auctore D Petro BonHomio, Frankfurt, 1603.
Lyrics: Psalm 137, v.1-4

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?

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?