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Stephen Vincent Benét
"By the Waters of Babylon" is told from the first-person point of view by John, an aspiring priest.
"By the Waters of Babylon" is told in the past tense.
The title refers to the phrase "by the waters of Babylon" in Psalm 137 of the Book of Psalms in the Hebrew Bible. The title alludes to that scripture's message about a people longing for a distant homeland.
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