Jerusalem Morning (Sweet Turtle Dove)
DESCRIPTION: Chorus: "Jerusalem morning (x2) by the light, Don't you hear Gabriel's trumpet in that morning." Verses: a member took his/her seat, Wants all the members to follow." "Sweet turtle dove sings so sweet, Muddy the water, so deep."
EARLIEST DATE: 1874 (Dett/Fenner/Rathbun/Cleveland-ReligiousFolkSongsOfTheNegro-HamptonInstitute)
KEYWORDS: Bible nonballad religious
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Dett/Fenner/Rathbun/Cleveland-ReligiousFolkSongsOfTheNegro-HamptonInstitute, pp. 164-165, "Sweet Turtle Dove, or Jerusalem Mornin'" (1 text, 1 tune; pp. 240-241 in the 1874 edition)
NOTES [186 words]: In Dett/Fenner/Rathbun/Cleveland-ReligiousFolkSongsOfTheNegro-HamptonInstitute's verses, every verse ends "And we had a little meeting in the morning, To hear Gabriel's trumpet sound."
While [the New Testament] says "at the last trump ... the trumpet shall sound" (1 Corinthians 15:52 (King James)), I don't know that Gabriel is blowing it. [Indeed, the Bible never says so, but the non-canonical book(s) of Enoch make much of Gabriel, and he became important in tradition; see George Arthur Buttrick et al, editor], The Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, four volumes, 1962 (a fifth supplementary volume was published later), volume II, p. 333). I don't know the source of the legend that Gabriel will sound the last trumpet, but it is widespread. - RBW]
I also don't understand the turtle dove reference in this context; maybe it is about Jeremiah's statement (8:7), forseeing the fall of Judah: "Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times: and the turtle (dove) and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people knoweth not the judgment of the Lord" (King James). - BS
Last updated in version 4.0
Go to the Ballad Search form
Go to the Ballad Index Song List
Go to the Ballad Index Instructions
Go to the Ballad Index Bibliography or Discography
The Ballad Index Copyright 2021 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.