Morning Trumpet, The (O When Shall I See Jesus)
DESCRIPTION: "O when shall I see Jesus, And dwell with him above, And drink the flowing fountains Of everlasting love. When shall I be delivered, From this vain world of sin?" "But now I am a soldier, My Captain's gone before.... And tells me not to fear."
AUTHOR: unknown (sometimes attributed to John Leland, 1754-1841))
EARLIEST DATE: 1937 (Jackson)
KEYWORDS: religious Jesus soldier nonballad
FOUND IN: US(Ap,So)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
NOTES: The text of this is widely attributed to John Leland, an American Baptist minister who worked in Massachusetts and Virginia; this attribution has been accepted, e.g., by George Pullen Jackson. But John Julian, editor, A Dictionary of Hymnology, 1892; second edition 1907 (I use the 1957 Dover edition in two volumes), p. 671, says, "This vigorous lyric is ascribed y Dr. Hitchcock, in Hymns and Songs of Praise, 1874, to Leland. It has generally been regarded as anonymous, and is of uncertain date, cir[ca] 1807, or probably earlier." In the supplement on p. 1683, Julian pushes that date back to 1805 (in The Christian Harmony, or Songster's Companion by Jeremiah Ingalls), but still is not certain of the author. - RBW
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