DESCRIPTION: "Oh the books of Revelation Are a sure foundation, And we'll cross over Jordan, halle lu, And we'll cross over Jordan, halle lu, halle lu, And we'll cross over Jordan, halle lu." "If you want a double blessing, You must sleep without undressing...."
EARLIEST DATE: 1966 (Huntington-FolksongsFromMarthasVineyard)
KEYWORDS: religious nonballad river
FOUND IN: US(NE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Huntington-FolksongsFromMarthasVineyard, pp. 66-67, "Halle-Lu" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES [70 words]: There is no "Book of Revelations." The book called the Apocalypse of John (Αποκαλυψις Ιωαννου, "apocalypsis ioannou") is generally titled "The Revelation to John" in English translations.
The verse about sleeping without undressing makes me think of 2 Corinthians 5:3 ("If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked" according to the King James Bible), but I wouldn't bet that it is actually the inspiration. - RBW
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