Melchior Vulpius
(c.1570 - 1615)

In convertendo Dominus captivitatem Zion
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From Cantionum sacrarum (part one), Jena, 1602.
Lyrics: Psalm 126

In convertendo Dominus captivitatem Sion, facti sumus sicut consolati.
Tunc repletum est gaudio os nostrum, et lingua nostra exsultatione.
Tunc dicent inter gentes: Magnificavit Dominus facere cum eis.
Magnificavit Dominus facere nobiscum; facti sumus laetantes.
Converte, Domine, captivitatem nostram, sicut torrens in austro.
Qui seminant in lacrimis, in exsultatione metent.
Euntes ibant et flebant, mittentes semina sua. Venientes autem
venient cum exsultatione, portantes manipulos suos.

When the Lord turned again the captivity of Sion: then were we like unto them that dream.
Then was our mouth filled with laughter: and our tongue with joy.
Then said they among the heathen: The Lord hath done great things for them.
Yea, the Lord hath done great things for us already: whereof we rejoice.
Turn our captivity, O Lord: as the rivers in the south.
They that sow in tears: shall reap in joy.
He that now goeth on his way weeping, and beareth forth good seed:
shall doubtless come again with joy, and bring his sheaves with him.