- By the rivers of Babylon we were seated, weeping at the memory of Zion,
- Hanging our instruments of music on the trees by the waterside.
- For there those who had taken us prisoners made request for a song;
and those who had taken away all we had gave us orders to be glad, saying, Give us one of the songs of Zion.
- How may we give the Lord's song in a strange land?
- If I keep not your memory, O Jerusalem, let not my right hand keep the memory of its art.
- If I let you go out of my thoughts, and if I do not put Jerusalem before my greatest joy, let my tongue be fixed to the roof of my mouth.
- O Lord, keep in mind against the children of Edom the day of Jerusalem;
how they said, Let it be uncovered, uncovered even to its base.
- O daughter of Babylon, whose fate is destruction;
happy is the man who does to you what you have done to us.
- Happy is the man who takes your little ones, crushing them against the rocks.