I want Jesus to walk with me.

I want Jesus to walk with me. American Folk Hymn; African American spiritual*.  Traditionally attributed to the African-American spiritual tradition, there is no record of this spiritual in early collections. This results in an undetermined first publication date and has led to some divergent scholarship on its origin. Hymnologist Donald P. Hustad* notes: ‘Though the source of this American folk hymn is unknown, it is probably one of the “white spirituals” which thrived for more than two hundred years in the rural Appalachian culture’ (Hustad, 1978, p. 152). Building on Hustad’s assumption, Carlton R. Young* suggests it ‘may have its roots in early 19th-century camp meetings that were...

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