Negro Folk Rhymes Wise & Otherwise - online book

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essarily eliminated Rhymes or songs of the connect­ing link type. They did a good thorough job but the writer believes he sees two connecting links that escaped their sensitive ears and sharp eyes. They are Jubilee songs; one is "Keep inching along like a poor inch worm, Jesus will come by-and-by," the other is "Go chain the lion down before the Heaven doors close."
The reader will recall that I have already shown that the worm and the lion were connected with na­tive African worship. Of course we all know quite well that a "Caddis worm" is not an "Inch worm," but for a man trying to turn from the old to the new, from idolatry to Christianity, a closer relation than this might not be very comfortable neutral ground.
The following Folk Rhymes found in our collec­tion might also pass for connecting links: "Jaw­bone," "Outrunning the Devil," "How to Get to Glory Land," "The Ark," "Destinies of Good and Bad Children," "How to Keep or Kill the Devil," "Ration Day," and "When My Wife Dies." The superstitions of the Negro Rhymes are possibly only fossils left in one way or another by ancient native African worship.
In a few Rhymes the vice of stealing is either