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Thread #167233   Message #4030895
Posted By: Lighter
28-Jan-20 - 08:37 PM
Thread Name: Origins: 'Wayfaring Stranger' in film '1917'
Subject: RE: Origins: 'Wayfaring Stranger' in film '1917'
The lyrics were apparently first printed in Joseph Bever's "Christian Songster" (Dayton, O.: United Brethren in Christ, 1858), pp. 34-35 as "Going Over Jordan," the first line being "I am a pilgrim and a stranger." No tune is given.

The familiar tune is given to the hymn "Fulfillment" in B. F. White and E. J. King's "Sacred Harp" (1844). Composition of the tune has been attributed to King himself.

I'd be surprised if the song was known in Britain in 1917.

But somebody could have known and sung it.

Maybe.

But it's just a movie, and it's a haunting (if unlikely) scene.

One difference between reality and fiction is that people criticize fiction for improbable events, but real life is filled with them.