EXPLANATION OF THE GLOSSING SYSTEM
(to understand how I describe the signs in this translation).
Refrain: IF ME FORGET YOU-ctr JERUSALEM, LET MY TONGUE SUDDEN-WRONG DUMB.
1. WE SIT CLOSE-TO RIVER IN B-A-B-Y-L-O-N, CRY++ WHILE WE REMEMBER TEMPLE MOUNTAIN. OUR HARP HANG-UP FOREIGN COUNTRY TREE. Refrain
2. PEOPLE CONQUER-us US, ASK US SING ABOUT TEMPLE. ENEMY MOCK-us US, SAY, (role play to rt) COME-ON SING. (end role play) Refrain
3. HARD SING WHILE LIVE FOREIGN LAND. IF ME FORGET YOU-ctr JERUSALEM, WILLING MY RIGHT HAND SUDDEN-WRONG CRIPPLE. Refrain
4. IF ME FORGET YOU-ctr JERUSALEM, LET MY TONGUE SUDDEN-WRONG DUMB. IF ME NOT CHERISH JERUSALEM MORE-THAN ANY++ HAPPY. Refrain
Notes: ME - Underlined words are honorific indices ("indexes"), using the FT of the upturned palm to indicate who is being honored.
JERUSALEM - "J" CITY.
TONGUE - Stick out tongue and touch it with index finger.
SUDDEN-WRONG - [Y], PO > NDS, FO up, twists and strikes chin with palm side.
DUMB (can't speak) - [A], PO > signer, FO up, strikes mouth.
HANG-UP - Mime hanging up a harp on a tree branch.
COME-ON - (2h)[B^] move in circles pivoting at the wrists to beckon someone to do something.
CRIPPLE - Right hand is contracted.
CHERISH - (2h)[5:], hold FTs by the sides of the chin and move down while maintaining contact and closing to (2h)[S].
MORE-THAN - (2h)[B^], touch FTs, then DH moves up in an arc towards the signer and away. For a QuickTime movie of this sign, see ASL browser - more than.
ANY++ - [A dot], PO > NDS, FO up, twists rapidly at the wrist while moving in a horizontal circle. This means "anyone".
Refrain: Let my tongue be silenced, if ever I forget you!
1. By the streams of Babylon, we sat and wept remembering Zion. On the willows of that land we hung our harps.
2. There our captors asked of us the hymns of Zion. Our tormentors cried out: "Sing for us!"
3. How shall we sing in a foreign land? If I forget you Jerusalem, let my right hand be forgotten.
4. Let my tongue be silenced if ever I forget you. If I prize not Jerusalem above all joy.