Translation by Alexis Paulin Pâris (1800 - 1881)

In the valley of waters
Language: English 
In the valley of waters we wept o'er the day
When the host of the stranger made Salem his prey,
And our heads on our bosoms all droopingly lay,
And our hearts were so full of the land far away.

The song they demanded in vain -- it lay still
In our souls as the wind that hath died on the hill;
They call'd for the harp -- but our blood they shall spill
Ere our right hand shall teach them one tone of our skill.

All stringlessly hung on the willow's sad tree,
As dead as her dead leaf those mute harps must be;
Our hands may be fetter'd -- our tears still are free,
For our God and our glory -- and, Sion! -- Oh, thee.

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Dans la vallée des eaux
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Dans la vallée des eaux nous pleurons sur le jour où l'ennemi,
où l'hôte de l'étranger fit sa proie de Jérusalem;
et nos têtes reposent tristement penchées sur nos seins,
et nos cœurs sont pleins de la patrie absente.

Le chant qu'ils demandaient en vain, -- il dort encore
dans nos ames, comme le vent qui a expiré sur la colline;
ils demandaient nos chants sur la harpe, -- mais ils versèrent notre sang
avant que notre main droite leur fît entendre le moindre accord d'harmonie.

Nos harpes sans cordes sont suspendues sur les branches désolées du saule,
aussi tristes, aussi muettes que les feuilles desséchées.
Nos mains peuvent être enchaînées, -- nos larmes sont encore libres
pour notre prière et notre gloire, -- et Sion ! oh toi !

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Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:44
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