Joel Barlow

(24 March 1754 – 26 December 1812 / Redding, Connecticut)

Psalm CXXXVII The Babylonian Captivity


ALONG the banks where Babel's current flows
Our captive bands in deep despondence stray'd,
While Zion's fall in sad remembrance rose,
Her friends, her children mingled with the dead.

The tuneless harp, that once with joy we strung,
When praise employ'd and mirth inspir'd the lay,
In mournful silence on the willows hung;
And growing grief prolong'd the tedious day.

The barbarous tyrants, to increase the woe,
With taunting smiles a song of Zion claim;
Bid sacred praise in strains melodious flow,
While they blaspheme the great Jehovah's name.

But how, in heathen chains and lands unknown,
Shall Israel's sons a song of Zion raise?
O hapless Salem, God's terrestrial throne,
Thou land of glory, sacred mount of praise.

If e'er my memory lose thy lovely name,
If my cold heart neglect my kindred race,
Let dire destruction seize this guilty frame;
My hand shall perish and my voice shall cease.

Yet shall the Lord, who hears when Zion calls,
O'ertake her foes with terror and dismay,
His arm avenge her desolated walls,
And raise her children to eternal day.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: children, song, grief, memory, silence, sad, rose, joy, god, heart, child, son, smile, friend, lost

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Psalm CXXXVII The Babylonian Captivity by Joel Barlow )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. The Allen Chronicles, Romella Kitchens
  2. My eyes, Cee Bea
  3. E-rated poemier-all us, Elvis Airohi
  4. April Woman, Salma Jayyusi
  5. The Ship of Love, Salma Jayyusi
  6. Censorious Ignorance, michael walkerjohn
  7. Ludio ludius Lego, michael walkerjohn
  8. Right to exist, hasmukh amathalal
  9. Dead Leaves, David Lacey
  10. Brookstones, Cee Bea

Poem of the Day

poet Sir John Suckling

Dost see how unregarded now
That piece of beauty passes?
There was a time when I did vow
To that alone;
But mark the fate of faces;
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Elizabeth Bishop

 

Member Poem

Trending Poems

  1. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe
  2. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep, Mary Elizabeth Frye
  5. If, Rudyard Kipling
  6. Sonnet I, Sir John Suckling
  7. Cross, Langston Hughes
  8. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  9. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  10. Invictus, William Ernest Henley

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]