Steal Away!

Please remember that this hymnal was published less than thirty years after the American Civil War. Most of the people using it would have remembered slavery. Today, such hymns are called “Black Spirituals”. I am posting these at least partly for historical interest and so have kept the original spelling and wording. The fact that this hymn is included at all, and not in dialect, was an advance at the time.

Preface/Refrain:
Steal away, steal away, steal away to Jesus!
Steal away, steal away home,
I have not long to stay here.

Verse 1:
My Lord calls me,
He calls me by the thunder;
The trumpet sounds it in my soul:
I have not long to stay here.

Verse 2:
Green trees are bending,
Poor sinners stand trembling;
The trumpet sounds it in my soul:
I have not long to stay here.

Verse 3:
My Lord calls me,
He calls me by the lightning;
The trumpet sounds it in my soul:
I have not long to stay here.

Slave song

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