Jerusalem Morning (Sweet Turtle Dove)
DESCRIPTION: Chorus: "Jerusalem morning (x2) by the light, Don't you hear Gabriel's trumpet in that morning." Verses: a member took his/her seat, Wants all the members to follow." "Sweet turtle dove sings so sweet, Muddy the water, so deep."
EARLIEST DATE: 1874 (Dett/Fenner/Rathbun/Cleveland-ReligiousFolkSongsOfTheNegro-HamptonInstitute)
KEYWORDS: Bible nonballad religious
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Dett/Fenner/Rathbun/Cleveland-ReligiousFolkSongsOfTheNegro-HamptonInstitute, pp. 164-165, "Sweet Turtle Dove, or Jerusalem Mornin'" (1 text, 1 tune; pp. 240-241 in the 1874 edition)
NOTES [186 words]: In Dett/Fenner/Rathbun/Cleveland-ReligiousFolkSongsOfTheNegro-HamptonInstitute's verses, every verse ends "And we had a little meeting in the morning, To hear Gabriel's trumpet sound."
While [the New Testament] says "at the last trump ... the trumpet shall sound" (1 Corinthians 15:52 (King James)), I don't know that Gabriel is blowing it. [Indeed, the Bible never says so, but the non-canonical book(s) of Enoch make much of Gabriel, and he became important in tradition; see George Arthur Buttrick et al, editor], The Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, four volumes, 1962 (a fifth supplementary volume was published later), volume II, p. 333). I don't know the source of the legend that Gabriel will sound the last trumpet, but it is widespread. - RBW]
I also don't understand the turtle dove reference in this context; maybe it is about Jeremiah's statement (8:7), forseeing the fall of Judah: "Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times: and the turtle (dove) and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people knoweth not the judgment of the Lord" (King James). - BS
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