“Hard Trials”


"The foxes have holes in the ground... And everything has a hiding place, but we poor sinners have none. Now ain't them hard trials?..." Unrelated verses, often floating, about religious life, fidelity to denominations, the Devil, justice, death


It's not clear, from the Lomax notes, whether this song actually exists on its own. Of their eight stanzas, they themselves admit to importing four. Three of the others float. The chorus is commonplace. So I am tempted to regard this as simply a Lomax assembly job. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Lomax-ABFS, pp. 600-602, "Hard Trials" (1 text, 1 tune, composite)
  2. Roud #7554
  3. BI, LxA600


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1934
Found in: US