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NUMBER AND CLASSIFICATION.
45
"I'm-a-gom' to do all I can for my Lord/' which words are used with the same tune as "I've a mother in the kingdom, ain't that good news?" Almost the identical air is used to the following three sets of words:
(1)   "Free at last, free at last; I thank God, I'm free at ]ast."
(2)   "Hold the wind, hold the wind; Hold the wind, don't ]et it
blow."
(3)   "Stand on the rock, Stand on the rock,
Stand on the rock a little longer."
Conditions were favorable for the birth of a large number of songs. The Bible is the main source both of the subject, and material for the music. This in itself is an inexhaustible source. Then the different surroundings in different localities, influencing the imagina�tion of the Negro, caused a diversity of thought and of connection, which in turn gave birth to a variety of songs. In the light of all these facts it is easy to understand how these songs would increase very rapidly and soon become as numerous as the stars, "a number that no man can number." 'While we must acknowledge a positive and absolute indefiniteness as to the number of these songs, in re�gard to classification we can state quite accurately where each song with which we are acquainted belongs. To begin with, there are two extremes of emotion,�joy and sorrow�expressed in this music. There is practically no middle ground. At first it seems strange that so little attention was given to the common every-day life, but then, when we recall that this work-a-day life had so few attractions, his strangeness disappears.
JOY SONGS.
"Great Camp Meeting."
1.   Oh, walk together children; Don't you get a-weary ; Walk together childrjm; Don't you get a-weary; Walk together children ; Don't you get a-weary ;            ' There's a great camp meeting in the promise land.
2.   Oh, sing together children, Don't you get-a-weary, Sing together children, Don't you get-a-weary; Sing together children, Don't you get-a-weary; There's a great camp meeting in the promise land.
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