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Lyr Add: I Know Moonrise (spiritual)

Q (Frank Staplin) 14 Mar 14 - 01:40 PM
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Subject: Lyr Add: I Know Moonrise (spiritual)
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 14 Mar 14 - 01:40 PM

Lyr. Add: I KNOW MOONRISE
Negro Spiritual, coll. 1867.

I know moon-rise, I know star-rise,
Lay dis body down.
I walk in the moonlight, I walk in the starlight,
To lay dis body down.
I'll walk in de graveyard, I'll walk through de graveyard,
To lay dis body down.
I'll lie in de grave and stretch out my arms;
Lay dis body down.
I go to de judgement in de evenin' of de day,
When I lay dis body down.
And my soul and your soul will meet in de day
When I lay dis body down.

Thomas Wentworth Higgins, "Negro Spirituals," Atlantic Monthly,, Spiritual No. 18, June, 1867, p. 689.


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