Godspell | On the Willows
Wallace Smith, Charlie Alterman, and Matt Hinkley on the Broadway revival cast recording
Music & Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz (hymnals, etc.)
Book: John-Michael Tebelak
And by “hymnals, etc.” she means “The Bible.”
Specifically, Psalm 137.
1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.
2 Upon the willows in the midst thereof we hanged up our harps.
3 For there they that led us captive asked of us words of song, and our tormentors asked of us mirth: ‘Sing us one of the songs of Zion.’
4 How shall we sing the Lord’S song in a foreign land?
5 If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.
6 Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I remember thee not; if I set not Jerusalem above my chiefest joy.
7 Remember, O the Lord, against the children of Edom the day of Jerusalem; who said: ‘Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.’
8 O daughter of Babylon, that art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that repayeth thee as thou hast served us.
9 Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the rock.
(Translation is from the 1917 JPS, which is now in public domain.)