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Thread #66440   Message #1102841
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
27-Jan-04 - 05:14 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: 'Judas' (Child 23?) by John Jacob Niles
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: 'Judas' (Child 23?) by John Jacob Niles
Thanks, Lighter, for placing Nile's lyrics in Mudcat.
Short references to Judas are in a number of hymns and gospel songs and rarely in Negro religious songs in the few books that I have but none approach the story in 16A. I can contribute nil.
I can't see any links in this scant material to the 13th c. poem (Child #23; in another thread errors are mentioned - however the new edition by the Heimans' reports that the Trinity MS has been recovered, and Child #23 is correct in all essentials- see Appendix to #23).

See threads 6754, 7854 and 45103 for more discussion and songs about Judas.

Incidentally, an interesting comparison to the song, "Stand Up For Jesus" in thread 7854 is the poem on Judas, "A Roman Lawyer in Jerusalem. First century." William Wetmore Story, 1902 (Search Judas in American Memory for text).
"The case is of one Judas, Simon's son, Iscariot called - a Jew- and one of those who followed Christus...." (p. 7).