On second thought: By the waters of Babylon
Last updated 10/17/2023 at 12:02pm
The opening of Psalm 137 is haunting:
“By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.”
In a few lines, the poem evokes the sorrow of a people defeated, and taken in slavery from their homeland by an enemy who slaughtered their loved ones, and now mocks the survivors.
“For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.’
Still the wish of the final lines may shock:
“O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that re...