“Run to Jesus”


"Run to Jesus, shun the danger, I don't expect to stay much longer." The singer describes the difficulties of the path he must follow, but also the rewards to be found at the end. The refrain "I don't expect to stay much longer" ends each verse


Reportedly sung by the Fisk Jubilee Singers, who had it from Frederick Douglass. Douglass remarked that this song prompted him to consider running from slavery. - RBW


  1. Greenway-AFP, pp. 89-90, "Run to Jesus" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #15263
  3. BI, Grnw089


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1888 (J. B. T. March, "The Story of the Jubilee Singers")
Found in: US