My Soul's Full of Glory (The Dying Christian)
DESCRIPTION: "My soul's full of glory, inspiring my tongue, Could I meet with angels, I'd sing them a song." The angels wish to hear more songs about Jesus. The singer longs for heaven. The singer asks for protectin, and declares, "I'm going (x3), I'm gone."
AUTHOR: probably John A. Granade
EARLIEST DATE: 1941 (Peters); supposedly written 1815
KEYWORDS: religious death
FOUND IN: US(MW)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Peters, p. 65, "The Dying Christian" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES: The informant who supplied the version in Peters was Charlie Spencer, who was brought up in a Primitive Baptist church in Kentucky but moved to Wisconsin. Several of his Primitive Baptist songs were obscure (see, e.g., "The Lovely Story (The Sufferings of Christ)," but this one seems more obscure than most. I have not been able to find any real hint of where or when it was first published.
Internet sources attribute it to John A(dam) Granade, called the "Wild Man of Goose Creek," a sort of itinerant preacher/hymn writer known for his preaching and his unkempt appearance. I could not find his birth and death dates based on a casual search, but this song was supposedly written in 1815.
Granade also wrote two other slightly better-known hymns, "Come All Ye Mourning Pilgrims" and "Sweet Rivers of Redeeming Love." - RBW
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