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Thread #167233   Message #4030975
Posted By: Lighter
29-Jan-20 - 09:31 AM
Thread Name: Origins: 'Wayfaring Stranger' in film '1917'
Subject: RE: Origins: 'Wayfaring Stranger' in film '1917'
So it seems unlikely that the words are much older than 1858, or the tune older than 1844.

There are claims that the hymn dates to the 18th century - but no evidence.

See the later part of the thread linked to by Jack.