DESCRIPTION: "Are there anybody here like Mary a-weeping? Call to my Jesus and he'll draw nigh. Glory (x5) be to my God on high." "Are there anybody here like Peter a-sinking?"
EARLIEST DATE: 1855 (Social Harp)
KEYWORDS: religious nonballad
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Lomax-FSNA 128, "Weeping Mary" (1 text, 1 tune)
Roswell Sacred Harp Quartet, "Weeping Mary" (Bluebird B-8582, 1940)
NOTES [109 words]: The reference to "Peter sinking" goes back to Matt. 14:28f. Jesus had been walking on the water, and Peter (in this account; not in the source in Mark) said, "Lord, if it's you, call me to come to you on the water." Jesus did, and Peter walked on the water for a few moments, but then started to doubt -- and sink. Jesus, of course, rescued him.
Lomax claims this is in the Sacred Harp. There *is* a song with the title "Weeping Mary" in the Sacred Harp, but it isn't the same thing. According to Jackson, the song is found in the Social Harp, though.
The title "Weeping Mary" has a complex origin; see the notes to "I Want to Die Like Weeping Mary." - RBW
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