By the Rivers of Babylon • Psalm 137 (136)

BY THE RIVERS OF BABYLON, Psalm 137 (136) is composed for high voice, piano, and cello. The cello introduction and coda quote the Gregorian Chant, Super flumina babylonis.

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Composed for soprano, Allesandra Cionco and her husband, cellist Michael Dahlberg, here is their beautiful rendering of Psalm 137 (136).

Psalm 137 (136): 1-6                                                                                                         By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion.
There on the poplars we hung our harps, for there our captors asked us for songs.
Our tormentors demanded songs of joy. There they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” How can we sing the songs of the Lord while in a foreign land?
If I forget you, Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill. May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you, Jerusalem, If I do not consider Jerusalem my highest joy.

I will remember you.