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American Ballads and Folk Songs
Bear the news, Mary, Bear the news, Mary, Bear the news, Mary, I'm on my way to glory.
From Professor George Pullen Jackson's White Spirituals of the Southern Uplands. "Under the title •Parting Friends,' McCurry (editor of the Social Harp) gives the following song with the note: The author, when eight years old, learned the air of this tune from Mrs. Catherine Penn. That was, therefore, in the year 1829.'"

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