Christ My Song - 1247
O Zion, when I think on thee
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
O Zion, when I think on thee.
"By the rivers of Babylon there we sat down, yea we wept when we remembered Zion." (Psalm 137,1)
1. O Zion, when I think on thee,
I wish for pinions like the dove,
and mourn to think that I should be
so distant from the place I love.
2. A captive here, and far from home,
for Zion's sacred walls I sigh;
to Zion all the ransomed come,
and see the Saviour eye to eye.
3. While here, I walk on hostile ground;
the few that I can call my friends
are, like myself, with fetters bound,
and weariness our steps attends.
4. But yet we shall behold the day,
when Zion's children shall return;
our sorrows then shall flee away,
and we shall never, never mourn.
5. The hope that such a day will come
makes ev'n the captive's portion sweet;
though now we wander far from home,
in Zion soon we all shall meet.
Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 288.