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O, Jacob do hang from a tremblin‘ limb;
De Lord will bless my soul.
O wrestlin‘ Jacob, Jacob, &c.


Of “occasional hymns,” properly so called, I noticed but one, a funeral hymn for an infant, which is sung plaintively over and over, without variety of words.

XX. the Baby gone home.

De little baby gone home,
De little baby gone home,
De little baby gone along,
For to climb up Jacob's ladder.

And I wish I'd been dar,
I wish I'd been dar,
I wish I'd been dar, my Lord,
For to climb up Jacob's ladder.


Still simpler is this, which is yet quite sweet and touching.

XXI. Jesus with us.

He have been wid us, Jesus,
He still wid us, Jesus,
He will be wid us, Jesus,
Be wid us to the end.


The next seemed to be a favorite about Christmas time, when meditations on “de rollin‘ year” were frequent among them.

XXII. Lord, remember me.

O do, Lord, remember me!
O do, Lord, remember me!
O, do remember me, until de year roll round!
Do, Lord, remember me!

If you want to die like Jesus died,
Lay in de grave,
You would fold your arms and close your eyes
And die wid a fiee good will.


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