- (Posted 2016-04-29) CPDL #39456:
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-04-29). Score information: Letter, 1 page, 60 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Oval note edition. All six stanzas of Belknap's paraphrase included.
- (Posted 2016-04-29) CPDL #39455:
- Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-04-29). Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 60 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape). All six stanzas of Belknap's paraphrase included.
First Line: Far from our friends and country dear
Composer: Stephen Jenks
Lyricist: Jeremy Belknap
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1818 in The Harmony of Zion, p. 12
Description: Words by Jeremy Belknap, 1795, paraphrase of Psalm 137, in six stanzas.
Original text and translations
1. Far from our friends and country dear
In hostile lands we moan;
No tender hand to wipe the tear
Which flows with every groan!
2. Our foes vindictive mock our grief,
And sport with our complaints;
No mercy prompts to give relief,
Though languid misery faints.
3. In retrospective scenes employed,
We think on former days;
When peaceful sabbaths we enjoyed
And all our work was praise.
4. But now, of liberty deprived,
In solitude confined;
In vain we seek the word of life
To feed the starving mind.
5. To thee, O Lord, we lift our eye,
To thee, our cause commend;
Thou hearest the mourning prisoner's sigh,
Thou art the sufferer's friend.
6 We seek no vengeance on our foes,
But put our trust in thee;
O let thy mercy interpose,
And set thy captives free.