Peter Go Ring Them Bells

DESCRIPTION: Chorus: "Peter go ring them bells (x3), I heard from Heaven today (x3), Thank God, and I thank you to, I heard from heaven today." Verses: "I wonder where sister Mary (brother Moses, ...) has gone"(x3) "I heard from heaven today"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1874 (Dett)
KEYWORDS: nonballad religious
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Dett, pp. 204-205, "I Heard From Heaven To-day (Peter, Go Ring Dem Bells)" (1 text, 1 tune; pp. 174-175 in the 1874 edition)
ADDITIONAL: J. B. T. Marsh, The Story of the Jubilee Singers (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1903 ("Digitized by Internet Archive")), #108 pp. 270-271, "Peter Go Ring Them Bells" (1 text) (1 tune)
John Wesley Work, Folk Song of the American Negro (Nashville: Fisk University, 1915 ("Digitized by the Internet Archive")), p. 46, "Peter, Go Ring Them Bells" (1 text)

Roud #12081
NOTES: Dett quotes Fenner's 1874 statement from J.M. Waddy: "A secret prayer-meeting song, sung by Thomas Vess, a blacksmith and a slave." - BS
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