“The Judgment (Invitation Song)”


Dialog: "Come. think on death and judgment; Your time is almost spent; You've been a sinner; 'Tis time that you repent." The other answers that he'll repent when he's old. The first singer points out that death might come tonight


This song seems to be inspired by the parable of the Rich Fool (Luke12:16-20), though the only words that are actually Biblical seem to be "Remember thy Creator while in the bloom of youth" (Ecclesiastes 12:1), and even that is slightly paraphrased. There might be a little of "Wicked Polly" in there, too. - RBW


  1. MHenry-Appalachians, pp. 206-209, "The Judgment" (1 text)
  2. Roud #17091
  3. BI, MHAp206


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1934 (Henry, from John Oliver)
Found in: US(Ap)