Daniel Saw the Stone
DESCRIPTION: "Daniel saw the stone, hewn out of the mountain (x3), Tearing down the kingdom of this world." Verses: Daniel prays in the lion's den -- despite wicked men; he prays three times a day to defeat the devil. "Have you seen that stone?" "Jesus was the stone."
EARLIEST DATE: 1909 (Dett/Fenner/Rathbun/Cleveland-ReligiousFolkSongsOfTheNegro-HamptonInstitute)
KEYWORDS: religious nonballad Jesus Bible
FOUND IN: US(SE,So)
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Dett/Fenner/Rathbun/Cleveland-ReligiousFolkSongsOfTheNegro-HamptonInstitute, p. 54, "Daniel Saw the Stone" (1 text, 1 tune; p. 157 in the 1909 edition)
ADDITIONAL: James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson, The Books of American Negro Spirituals (New York: Viking Press, 1969 (copyright 1925, 1926)), Book 2, pp. 162-163, "Daniel Saw de Stone" (1 text) (1 tune)
Harold Courlander, _A Treasury of Afro-American Folklore_, Crown Publishers, 1976, pp. 322-323, "(no title)" (1 text plus an excerpt)
NOTES [70 words]: In Dett/Fenner/Rathbun/Cleveland-ReligiousFolkSongsOfTheNegro-HamptonInstitute's verses, every alternate line is "Cut out the mountain without hands."
Daniel interprets Nebuchadnezzar's dream that includes "a stone cut out without hands ... and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain" in Daniel 2:29-35 (King James). Daniel in the lion's den is Daniel 6; his praying three times a day is Daniel 6:10. - BS
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