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Thread #10100   Message #4167419
Posted By: Lighter
12-Mar-23 - 06:24 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Old Rosin the Bow / Rosin the Beau
Subject: RE: Origins: Old Rosin the Bow / Rosin the Beau
The Beckell version of 1838 has reappeared:

Another text, anonymous, undated but seemingly of the same period, begins "I live for the good of my Nation." It's described as "A Southern Ballad":

On Jan. 18, 1838, the "Ripley [Miss.] Transcript" published a text of 9 four-line stanzas much like Beckell's but with some notable differences. Unlike Beckell's, this version features "Rosin the Bow," not "Beau."

It would seem to be the earliest datable text.

Various U.S. newspapers of the late 19th C. averred that the tune was an "old Methodist hymn tune," but nobody seemed able to recall what it was called (assuming it existed at all).