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American Ballads and Folk Songs
"As each baptized person was led out of the water, shouting with joy, some in their ecstasy even trying to fly away from the earth, the crowd sang with splendid effect:
" 'Newbawn, newbaw-awn, Newbawn chil', newbawn chil', Like a little babe in de manger. De ol' ribber Jurdon was mighty deep, But 'ligion was so sweet.'
"Again, after the ceremony was finished, the entire congregation stood around the baptized persons singing:
" 'De oP ribber Jurdon was so deep, An' now our brother in Christ we greet. De oP ribber Jurdon was so deep, But 'ligion was so sweet. He said baptism it mus' be, If he from sin '11 set us free; And all things here obey his will. Spoke to de sea an' de sea was still, For 'ligion was so sweet.'
"The crowd trooped away still singing, and the baptizing was over."
DIVES AND LAZ'US
Wo' his purple an' linen, too,
Ring dat big bell; Don't keer what sort-a rags fer you,
Ring dat big bell; Dine sumptious ev'y day,
Ring dat big bell; Tell Laz'us go away.