I tried but couldn't find the version you are looking for....
http://lyricstime.com/final/lyrics/3455 ... bylon.html
http://theologytoday.ptsem.edu/jan1982/ ... oetry1.htm
How many miles to Babylon?
Yes, and back again, Sir!
A SONG FOR TWO CHILDREN.
"Make a song, father, a new little song,
All for Jenny and Nancy."
Balow lalow or Hey derry down,
Or else what might you fancy?
Is there any song sweet enough
For Nancy and for Jenny?
Said Simple Simon to the pieman,
"Indeed I know not any."
"I've counted the miles to Babylon,
I've flown the earth like a bird,
I've ridden cock-horse to Banbury Cross,
But no such song have I heard."
"Some speak of Alexander,
And some of Hercules,
But where are there any like Nancy and Jenny,
Where are there any like these?"
~ from COUNTRY SENTIMENT by Robert Graves
Through the midnight streets of Babylon
between the steel towers of their arsenals,
between the torture castles with no windows,
we race by barefoot, holding tight
our candles, trying to shield
the shivering flames, crying
the rhyme’s promise was true,
that we may return
from this place of terror
home to a calm dawn and
the work we had just begun.
http://www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/poets/ ... eatwar.htm