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 remaining...
Cite this article
If you have a valid subscription to Dictionary of Hymnology, please log inlog in to view this content. If you require a subscription, please click here.