“When Adam Was Created (Wedlock)”


"When Adam was created, he dwelt in Eden's shade, As Moses has related, before his bride was made." Then Eve was made from Adam's rib. The rest of the song describes the duties of wedlock, based on this account of the creation


I can't help but note that all the details here come from the "J" account of the creation (Gen. 2:4f.). In the "P" account, which occupies Genesis 1:1-2:4, men and women were created together. Make of it what you may.

Brown quotes Jackson to the effect that this derives from Chaucer's "Parson's Tale" or its folk/churchly sources.

In the Sacred Harp, this appears with the tune "Edmonds," credited to E. Dumas and dated to 1869. - RBW


  1. BrownIII 53, "When Adam Was Created" (1 text)
  2. SharpAp 193, "When Adam was Created" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Sharp/Karpeles-80E 55, "When Adam Was Created" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Lomax-ABFS, pp. 567-569, "Wedlock" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. DT, WEDLOK*
  6. Roud #728
  7. BI, SKE55


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1918 (Cecil Sharp collection); Dumas's tune dated 1869
Found in: US(Ap,SE)