DESCRIPTION: "Amen, Oh, Lawdy, Amen, have mercy, Amen, amen, amen, Sing it over." "See the little baby lying in a manger On Chrismas morning, Amen." "See him in the Temple." "See him at the garden." "See him on the cross." "Yes, he died to save us."
EARLIEST DATE: 1997 (Warren-Spirit)
KEYWORDS: religious Jesus death Christmas
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Warren-Spirit, pp. 27-28, "Amen" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES [122 words]: Warren-Spirit lists this as a "traditional spiritual," and I include it on that basis. But I have never seen it elsewhere, and Warren does not list a source. Moreover, it is a surprisingly orderly version of the life of Jesus: Jesus was born and laid in a manger (Luke's gospel), he is in the Temple (this is probably the visit described in Luke when Jesus was twelve, although he is said to have visited the Temple many times later), he preached at the see (of Galilee/Tiberias; multiple references to this); he is praying in the garden (of Gethsemane), is is crucified, he died and rose on Easter. It really looks to me as if the version in Warren is from a source very close to the original author. Perhaps even Warren herself. - RBW
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