Super flumina Babylonis

1 Super flumina Babylonis illic sedimus et flevimus, dum recordaremur Sion.
By the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept when we remembered thee, O Sion.
2 In salicibus in medio ejus suspendimus organa nostra:
As for our harps, we hanged them up upon the trees that are therein.
3 quia illic interrogaverunt nos, qui captivos duxerunt nos,
verba cantionum; et qui abduxerunt nos: Hymnum cantate nobis de canticis Sion.
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.
4 Quomodo cantabimus canticum Domini in terra aliena?
How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?
5 Si oblitus fuero tui, Jerusalem, oblivioni detur dextera mea.
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.
6 Adhæreat lingua mea faucibus meis, si non meminero tui;
si non proposuero Jerusalem in principio lætitiæ meæ.
If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; yea if I prefer not Jerusalem in my mirth.
7 Memor esto, Domine, filiorum Edom, in die Jerusalem: qui dicunt: Exinanite, exinanite usque ad fundamentum in ea.

Remember the children of Edom, O Lord, in the day of Jerusalem how they said, Down with it, down with it, even to the ground.
8 Filia Babylonis misera ! beatus qui retribuet tibi retributionem tuam quam retribuisti nobis.
O daughter of Babylon, wasted with misery yea, happy shall he be that rewardeth thee, as thou hast served us.
9 Beatus qui tenebit, et allidet parvulos tuos ad petram.
Blessed shall he be that taketh thy children and throweth them against the stones.