My Lord, what a morning (mourning)
My Lord, what a morning (mourning). African American spiritual*.
The standard version of the text that appears in hymnals today follows:
My Lord, what a morning;my Lord, what a morning;Oh, my Lord, what a morning,when the stars begin to fall.
1. You’ll hear the trumpet sound,to wake the nations underground,looking to my God’s right hand,when the stars begin to fall.
2. You’ll hear the sinner moan . . .
3. You’ll hear the Christian shout . . .
These few words conjure up powerful apocalyptic images, both visually (‘stars begin to fall’) and aurally (‘trumpet . . . sound,’ ‘sinner moan,’ and ‘Christian shout’). What are the possible origins of this spiritual, and how did it come to be a...
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