I Know the Lord's Laid His Hands on Me
DESCRIPTION: Chorus: "I know the Lord (x3) has laid his hands on me (x2)." Verses: The singer has "been new born by the dying Lamb" and now walks "the narrow way." "I never felt such love before, Saying 'Go in peace and sin no more'"
EARLIEST DATE: 1909 (Dett)
KEYWORDS: nonballad religious Jesus
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Dett, p. 207, "I Know the Lord's Laid His Hands on Me" (1 text, 1 tune; p. 166 in the 1909 edition)
ADDITIONAL: John Wesley Work, Folk Song of the American Negro (Nashville: Fisk University, 1915 ("Digitized by the Internet Archive")), p. 64, "I Know the Lord's Laid His Hands on Me" (1 text)
NOTES: In Dett's and Work's verses, every alternate line is "I know the Lord's laid his hands on me." - BS
The reference presumably is to "John 8:11" (a verse that is not an original part of the gospel of John but a later interpolation; the "John 8:11" numeration is that of the King James Bible, but it is found in other place in other manuscripts, and most early manuscripts omit it entirely). This is the story of the "Woman taken in adultery." After Jesus has said, "Let the one without sin cast the first stone" and her accusers had left, Jesus told the woman, "Go your way and sin no more." - RBW
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