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GUEST,John Garst Origins: history of Down by the Riverside (61* d) RE: Origins: history of Down by the Riverside 29 Mar 11


This item is found on pp 252-53 of Marshall W. Taylor, *A Collection of Revival Hymns and Plantation Melodies* (1882), which is online at Google Books. Unfortunately, this is one of the few items in the book without a tune (or, at least, an attempt at one).

153. Christian Warfare.

By E. W. S. Hammond.

1 When Christ, the Lord, was here below,
Down by the river;
About the work he came to do,
Down by the river side.

Chorus.
We will end this war,
Down by the river;
We will end this war,
Down by the river side.

2 Pilate says, "I wash my hands,
I find no fault in this good man."

Chorus—We will end this war, etc.

3 They led him away to Pilate's bar,
But they could not condemn him there.

Chorus—We will end this war, etc.

4 O, Mary wept and Martha cried,
When Christ, the Lord, was crucified.

Chorus—We will end this war, etc.

5 Fishing Peter led the way,
Was nothing caught till the break of day.

Chorus—We will end this war, etc.

6 Yes, when we camp in the middle of the air,
I hope to meet my brethren there.

Chorus—We will end this war, etc.


Hammond is credited with three songs in this book (Nos. 152, 153, 155). He also gives a testimonial (p 260):

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From Rev. E. W. S. Hammond, P. E. Indiana District, Lexington Conference.

Louisville, Ky., August 16, 1882. I am sorry I can not speak intelligently with regard to your proposed "Plantation Melodies," but my knowledge of your ability in such matters justifies me in expressing the opinion that you will supply a very urgent want in this kind of literature. I should be glad to record my testimony more fully as to the merits of your little songster, but I fear it will be in press before even this reaches you.
********

E. W. S. Hammond, DD, Editor of the *Southwestern Christian Advocate*, New Orleans, La., is pictured after p 204 of *Africa and the American Negro* (1896, pub.; 1893, congress held).

He was the "foremost Negro minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church" (*The Black Prism*, 1970; Google Books).

I have not located, using Google/Google Books, any other source of hymns he may have written, or, at least, claimed.


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