An Wasserflüssen Babylon a 3 (Michael Praetorius)

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  • (Posted 2011-05-22)  CPDL #23593:       
Editor: Ross Jallo (submitted 2011-05-22).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 66 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Original key; note values halved. Editorial slurs and accidentals added.

General Information

Title: An Wasserflüssen Babylon
Composer: Michael Praetorius
Lyricist: Wolfgang Dachstein

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: TTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: German
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1610 in Musae Sioniae, neundter Theil, no. 135
Description: Setting of Wolfgang Dachstein's chorale "An Wasserflüssen Babylon", versification of Psalm 137

Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at An Wasserflüssen Babylon.

German.png German text

An Wasserflüssen Babylon
da saßen wir mit Schmerzen
als wir gedachten an Zion,
da weinten wir von Herzen.
Wir hingen auf mit schwerem Mut
die Harfen und die Orgeln gut
an ihre Bäum der Weiden,
die drinnen sind in ihrem Land;
da mußten wir viel Schmach und Schand
täglich von ihnen leiden.

English.png English translation

At the ryvers of Babilon,
There sat we downe ryght hevely;
Even whan we thought upon Sion,
We wepte together sorofully.
For we were in soch hevynes,
That we forgat al our merynes,
And lefte of all oure sporte and playe:
On the willye trees that were thereby
We hanged up oure harpes truly,
And morned sore both nyght and daye.
(Myles Coverdale, 1535)