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American Ballads and Folk Songs
But if you haven't got de grace of God in your heart De debil will get you sho\
Some say John was a Methodist, And some says John was a Jewj But de Holy Bible tells us Dat John was a preacher, too.
Up stepped old Satan, Wid a black Bible under his armj Says he, "My Lord, give me justice, Den some ob dese people is mine,"
Sinner man lay sick in bed,
Death come a-knockin' at de do';
Says he, "Go 'way, Death, come in, Doctor,
I ain't ready to go."
Christian man lay sick in bed,
Death come a-knockin' at de do'}
Says he, "Come in, Death, go 'way, Doctor.
Ise ready to go."
Rat, Tight-Eye, Double Head, along with a chorus of other convicts at Camp D, Parchman, Mississippi, sang this fine spiritual.

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