Old Church Yard, The
DESCRIPTION: "Oh come, come with me to the old church yard, I well know the path through the soft green sward, Our friends slumber there we were wont to regard." The singer recalls the dead, gone from their troubles, and points out that they will rise again
EARLIEST DATE: 1856 (Frances E. Percival, "Sweet Home, or, Friendship's Golden Altar"
KEYWORDS: religious death
FOUND IN: US(So)
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Randolph 620, "The Old Church Yard" (1 text, 1 tune)
AbrahamsRiddle, pp. 90-91, "The Old Church Yard" (1 text, 1 tune)
WolfAmericanSongSheets, #1716, p. 115, "The Old Kirk-Yard" (1 reference)
NOTES [57 words]: Randolph was told that this was a Millerite (early Adventist) hymn. If this was typical of their music, that might go almost as far to explain the failure of the Millerites as the fact that Miller's predictions of the end of the world were consistently wrong. It appears in fact to be an Americanization of the song "The old kirk-yard." - RBW
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