Translation by Alexis Paulin Pâris (1800 - 1881)

Oh! weep for those that wept by Babel's...
Language: English 
Oh! weep for those that wept by Babel's stream, 
Whose shrines are desolate, whose land a dream; 
Weep for the harp of Judah's broken shell; 
Mourn -- where their God that dwelt the godless dwell! 

And where shall Israel lave her bleeding feet? 
And when shall Zion's songs again seem sweet? 
And Judah's melody once more rejoice 
The hearts that leap'd before its heavenly voice? 

Tribes of the wandering foot and weary breast, 
How shall ye flee away and be at rest! 
The wild-dove hath her nest, the fox his cave, 
Mankind their country -- Israel but the grave!

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Franz Theremin (1780 - 1846) , "Weint um Israel", appears in Hebräische Gesänge, first published 1820 FRE ; composed by M. Henle, Johann Karl Gottfried Loewe.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist FRE ; composed by Max Bruch, Friedrich Eduard Wilsing.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist FRE ; composed by George Henschel.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Karl Julius Körner (1793 - 1873) , "Klage", appears in Israelitische Gesänge, no. 5 ENG FRE ; composed by Heinrich August Marschner.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist FRE ; composed by Louise von Vigny.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist FRE ; composed by Carl Goldmark.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Adolf Böttger (1815 - 1870) , "O, weint um sie die einst", appears in Hebräische Melodien, no. 5, first published 1841 FRE ; composed by Joseph Gall, Carl Georg Peter Grädener, Johann Benjamin Gross, Ferdinand von Hiller, Carl Adolf Lorenz, Dr., Karl Müller, Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Max Seifriz.
  • Also set in German (Deutsch), a translation by Eduard Nickles FRE ; composed by Luise Adolpha Le Beau.

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Oh! Pleurez sur ceux...
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Oh! pleurez sur ceux qui pleurèrent auprès des ondes de Babel,
sur ceux dont le sanctuaire est ruiné, dont la patrie n'est plus qu'un rêvé.
Pleurez sur le luth brisé de Juda.
Deuil cruel!--L'antique séjour de leur Dieu est aujourd'hui le séjour des impies!

Où donc Israël lavera-t-il ses pieds, qui saignent?
Quand les chants de Sion redeviendront-ils doux?
Quand les mélodies de Juda réjouiront-elles
encore les cœurs qui tressaillaient à cette voix céleste?

Tribus aux pas vagabonds et au sein haletant,
comment fuirez-vous votre sort et trouverez-vous le repos?
La tourterelle a son nid, le renard sa tanière,
les hommes leur pays:--Israël n'a que le tombeau!

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Text added to the website: 2012-01-15 00:00:00
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