By the waters of Babylon (Ylvisaker)

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By the waters of Babylon where we sat down,
and there we wept
when we remembered Zion.
By the waters of Babylon where we sat down,
and there we wept
when we remembered Zion.
For the wicked carried us away,
captivity required from us a song.
How can we sing our holy song in a strange land?
For the wicked carried us away,
captivity required from us a song.
How can we sing our holy song in a strange land?
So let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart
be acceptable in your sight, O God.

Source: This Far By Faith: an African American resource for worship #67

Author: John Ylvisaker

John Carl Ylvisaker (liturgical songwriter, recording artist,composer, performer, ethnomusicologist) is perhaps best known for his hymn, “I Was There To Hear Your Borning Cry” He was born in Moorhead, Minnesota and is a graduate of Concordia College located there. During the last 45 years John’s words and music have been a powerful influence on the development of new worship materials for the church, with his compositions appearing in hundreds of worship resources. In addition to being an artist and composer, John’s past experience includes teaching high school music, directing church choirs, and serving as the producer of SCAN, an award-winning weekly radio program sponsored by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).… Go to person page >

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First Line: By the waters of Babylon (Ylvisaker)
Author: John Ylvisaker
Publication Date: 1968
Copyright: This text may still be under copyright because it was published in 1968.

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