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PSALM the 137th, Paraphras'd to the 7th Verse.

1 PRoud Babylon! Thou saw'st us weep;
2 Euphrates, as he pass'd along,
3 Saw, on his Banks, the Sacred Throng
4 A heavy, solemn Mourning keep.
5 Sad Captives to thy Sons, and Thee,
6 When nothing but our Tears were Free!
7 A Song of Sion they require,
8 And from the neighb'ring Trees to take
9 Each Man his dumb, neglected Lyre,
10 And chearful Sounds on them awake:
11 But chearful Sounds the Strings refuse,
12 Nor will their Masters Griefs abuse.
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13 How can We, Lord, thy Praise proclaim,
14 Here, in a strange unhallow'd Land!
15 Lest we provoke them to Blaspheme
16 A Name, they do not understand;
17 And with rent Garments, that deplore
18 Above whate'er we felt before.
19 But, Thou, Jerusalem, so Dear!
20 If thy lov'd Image e'er depart,
21 Or I forget thy Suff'rings here;
22 Let my right Hand forget her Art;
23 My Tongue her vocal Gift resign,
24 And Sacred Verse no more be mine!


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Title (in Source Edition): PSALM the 137th, Paraphras'd to the 7th Verse.
Themes: biblical history
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Winchilsea, Anne Kingsmill Finch, Countess of, 1661-1720. Miscellany poems, on several occasions: Written by the Right Honble Anne, Countess of Winchilsea. London: printed for J. B. and sold by Benj. Tooke, William Taylor, and James Round, 1713, pp. 282-283. [8],390p. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T94539; Foxon pp. 274-5; OTA K076314.000) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Buxton 100].)

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