As Jacob with travel was weary one day

As Jacob with travel was weary one day. Anonymous, perhaps 18th- or 19th-century American or British. This carol, based on Genesis 28: 10-19, was published in Bramley* and Stainer*’s Christmas Carols New and Old (1871) with the title ‘Jacob’s Ladder’. It was printed in the Oxford Book of Carols (OBC, 1928), and the University Carol Book (1961). It was also included in Miles Mark Fisher’s Negro Slave Songs in the United States (1953), which suggests an alternative origin.  It came into British hymnbooks with New Catholic Hymnal (1971), and thereafter in English Praise (1975): As Jacob with travel was weary one day,At night on a stone for a pillow he lay;He saw in a vision a ladder so...

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