“Christ Was a Weary Traveler”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1952 (Brown)
Keywords: religious Jesus work
Found in: US(SE)

Description

"Christ was a weary trav'ler, He went from door to door, His occupation in life Was a-minist'ring to the poor." Jesus warns the disciples that his work is almost done, tells them what to do after his resurrection, and thanks God

Notes

Although most of this is quite closely parallel to Biblical accounts, very little is actual allusion. The song, for instance, states that "I thank God for none but the pure in heart Before his face shall stand." The closest parallel to this is probably Matthew 11:25 (parallel to Luke 10:21), "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and have shown them to the infants."

The name "Jekkel" for "Jericho" (cf. Joshua 6) is also new to me -- but we find "Shorty" Love, the informant in this case, using the same pronunciation in "Jekkel Walls." - RBW

References

  1. BrownIII 559, "Christ Was a Weary Traveler" (1 text)
  2. Roud #11882
  3. BI, Br3559