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Thread #48189   Message #731526
Posted By: Dicho (Frank Staplin)
17-Jun-02 - 01:40 PM
Thread Name: DTStudy: All My Trials, Lord
Subject: RE: DTStudy: All My Trials, Lord
The verse including "born to die" occurs in several songs. One from 1860:
I'm glad that I am born to die
From grief and woe my soul shall fly.
From a hymn, Lamb of God, in Newman L. White, American Negro Folk Songs, p. 462.
I'm glad that I'm born to die,
Frum trouble here my soul goin' fly.
From the spiritual, "Keep Inchin' Along," version in Odum and Johnson, The Negro and His Songs, p. 89.
The last verse in the van der Hoeven song obviously has reference to the spirituals and gospel songs including the lines "Mary wore three links of chain, and every link carried Jesus's name" (many variants inc. "Mary wore de golden chain, Every link was in Jesus' name").