Swing low, sweet chariot

Swing low, sweet chariot. African American spiritual*. In A Collection of Revival Hymns and Plantation Melodies (Cincinnati, 1883), edited by Marshall W. Taylor, this has six stanzas, with a tune attributed to Jesse Munday. One source attributes it to Wallis Willis, a Choctaw freedman in what is now Oklahoma, whose singing was written down by Alexander Reid, a minister. It has a strong element of the ‘revival’ tradition, with an emphasis on salvation: The brightest day that ever I saw,Coming for to carry me home;When Jesus washed my sins away,Coming for to carry me home.  There follows the Chorus:  Swing low, sweet chariot, coming for to carry me home (sung twice) Followed by the...

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