Who Is on the Lord's Side
DESCRIPTION: "Let me tell you what is nat'rally the fact. Who is on the Lord's side, None o' God's children nebber look back, Who is on the Lord's side." "Way in the valley, who is... Way in the valley...." "Weeping Mary...." "Mourning Martha." "Risen Jesus."
EARLIEST DATE: 1867 (Allen/Ware/Garrison)
KEYWORDS: religious nonballad
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Allen/Ware/Garrison, p. 56, "Who Is on the Lord's Side" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: The phrase "Who is on the Lord's side" comes from Exodus 32:26, though I'm not sure it's a context I'd like to quote -- Moses is encouraging the Levites to consecrate themselves by killing their relatives!
There is another hymn entitled "Who Is on the Lord's Side," with words by Frances Ridley Havergal and music by C. Luise Reichardt. It is not the same song. It begins, "Who is on the Lord's side? Who will serve the King? Who will be his helpers?" According to John Julian, editor, A Dictionary of Hymnology, 1892; second edition 1907 (I use the 1957 Dover edition in two volumes), p. 498 (which lists more than fifty hymns by Havergal, most of which I've never heard of, although she did write the relatively well-known text "Take My Life and Let It Be"), it was originally published in Home Missions 1877. A text can be found in Robert J. Morgan, Then Sings My Soul, Book 2: 150 of the World's Greatest Hymn Stories, Nelson, 2004, pp. 172-173. - RBW
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