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O let my tongue

Psalm 136

  • Refrain:
    O let my tongue cleave to my mouth
    if I remember you not,
    if I remember you not!
  1. By the rivers of Babylon
    there we sat and wept,
    remembering Zion;
    on the poplars that grew there
    we hung up our harps.
  2. 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.'
  3. O how could sing our
    song of the Lord
    on alien soil?
    If I forget you, Jerusalem,
    let my right hand wither!
  4. O let my tongue
    cleave to my mouth
    if I remeber you not,
    if I prize not Jerusalem
    above all my joys!
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themes in this song:

singing, sing to God, longing, God's promise, promised land, regret

liturgical use:

responsorial psalm: L4 (Year B)