It was first published page 105 in "The Muses Delight: Catches, Glees, Canzonets and Canons" (1786) edited by Hayes (ref).
It can be treated as either a three-voice round, using only the first verse, or a three-verse song.
As a round:
As a song
LyricsBy the waters, the waters of Babylon,
We sat down and wept, and wept, for thee Zion.
We remember, we remember, we remember, thee Zion.
On the willows, the willows of Babylon,
We hung up our harps our harps, for thee Zion.
How can we sing, how can we sing, how can we sing of Zion,
There our captors, our captors from Babylon,
Tried to make us sing, and sing, of thee Zion.
We could not sing, we could not sing, we could not sing of Zion.
"1"[| B2 AG F2 G2 | A2 GF E2 F2 | G2 FE D2 E2 | F2 F2 B,4 |]
"2"[| d2 d2 d2 d2 | (d2c2) z2 c2 | (c2B2) z2 B2 | B2 ^A2 B4 |]
"3"[| F3 G A2 B2 | E3 F G2 A2 | D3 E F2 G2 | F2 F2 B,4 |]
Ref: What is ABC