“Free Salvation (The Resurrection)”


The expulsion from Eden is briefly told: "Man at his first creation / In Eden God did place... But by the subtle serpent / Beguiled he was and fell / And by his disobedience / Was doomed to death and Hell." The rest of the song tells of Jesus's passion

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Free Salvation (The Resurrection)
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The Resurrection

From Norman Cazden, Herbert Haufrecht, Norman Studer, Folk Songs
of the Catskills, #79, pp. 302-303. From the singing of George Edwards.

Man had his first creation in Heevin's guarded place,
A public Head and Father of all the human race.
But Nature cried against them, "Come pay, you sinners, do,
This debt you have undertaken, you therefore must go through."

(5 additional stanzas)


Most of this song is paraphrased directly from the Bible:

* The "subtle serpent": Gen. 3:1

* "by his disobedience was doomed": Rom. 5:19

* "was doomed to death": cf. Gen. 2:17, 3:2

* "rugged thorns": Mark 15:17, etc., John 19:1

* "sepulchre, as being near at hand": John 19:41-42

* "to Mary he appeared": John 20:11f. (the other gospels are less explicit)

* "go tell them I am risen... I'm going to my Father's": John 20:17 (in Mark 16:6-7 it is an angel that announces Jesus's resurrection; Jesus never appears on stage)

* "Go preach to all the nations": Matt. 28:19

* "Begin this in Jerusalem": Luke 24:47

* "I will be with you...": Matt. 28:20 - RBW


  1. FSCatskills 79, "The Resurrection" (1 text plus an excerpt from the Wesleyan Psalmist version, 1 tune)
  2. ST FSC079 (Partial)
  3. Roud #4608
  4. BI, FSC079


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1842 (Wesleyan Psalmist)
Found in: US(MA)