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Thread #41005 Message #613473
Posted By: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
20-Dec-01 - 12:17 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Old Ship of Zion (spiritual)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: OLD SHIP OF ZION (spiritual)
Newman L. White, in American Negro Folk Songs, 1928 (rep. 1965) says the earliest mention of the song that he found is in: Sarah Josepha Hale, 1853, "Liberia, or Mr. Peyton's Experiment," "where it is sung by both white people and Negroes as a familiar camp-meeting song." In white songbooks, it appears in the Zion Songster, 2ed., 1827.