By the Waters of Babylon

Russian female choir “Sirin” performs Biblical psalm #136* in ancient Russian traditional orthodox style. From the french documentary “Le Silence des anges – Terres et voix de l’Orient orthodoxe” (by Olivier Mille et Jean-François Colosimo, France – Belgique, 1999) (H/T)

By the rivers of Babylon
there we sat and wept,
remembering Zion;
on the poplars that grew there
we hung up our harps.

For it was there that they asked us,
our captors, for songs,
our oppressors, for joy.
“Sing to us,” they said,
“one of Zion’s songs.”

O how could we sing
the song of the Lord
on alien soil?
If I forget you, Jerusalem,
let my right hand wither!

O let my tongue
cleave to my mouth
if I remember you not,
if I prize not Jerusalem
above all my joys!
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*Psalm 137 (Greek numbering: Psalm 136)

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