“Christ Made a Trance (God Made a Trance)”


"Christ made a trance one Sunday at noon, He made it with his hand." The power of Christ, and the dangers of hell, are told; listeners are warned to keep the sabbath and to teach their children well

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Christ Made a Trance (God Made a Trance)
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Christ Made a Trance

From Ella Mary Leather, Folk-Lore of Herefordshire, p. 192.
Apparently from the singing of Angelina Whatton, collected
1908 near Dilwyn.

Christ made a trance one Sunday at noon,
  He made it with His hand,
And made the sun clear all off the moon
  Like the water on dry land.

Like the water off the the land, man Christ,
  What died upon the Cross;
What shall we do for our Savior,
  As He has done for us?

Come, teach your children well, dear man,
  And teach them when they're young,
The better it'll be for your own dear soul,
  When you are dead and gone.

(Stanzas 1, 3, 7 of 7)


Nearly every word of this is paralleled in "The Moon Shines Bright" and its relatives -- except the first verse. Songs beginning "God/Christ made a trance" go here; those which open with "The Moon Shines Bright" file there. Now if only we could figure out the actual relationship.... - RBW

Cross references

  • cf. "The Moon Shines Bright" (The Bellman's Song)" (lyrics)


  1. Leather, p. 192, "Christ Made a Trance" (1 text, 2 tunes)
  2. ST Leath192 (Partial)
  3. Roud #2112
  4. BI, Leath192


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 19908 (Leather)
Found in: Britain(England(West)