Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Lone Pilgrim

Dead pilgrim in tomb
Tells man he died of disease
And went to heaven.

Here's a merry tune. "Lone Pilgrim" appeared on the similarly unhappy album "World Gone Wrong," released in 1993. The song might date back to 1838, according to this long essay.

I came to the place where the lone pilgrim lay
And patiently stood by his tomb
When in a low whisper I heard something say
How sweetly I sleep here alone

The tempest may howl and the loud thunder roar
And gathering storms may arise
But calm is my feeling, at rest is my soul
The tears are all wiped from my eyes

The call of my master compelled me from home
No kindred or relative nigh
I met the contagion and sank to the tomb
My soul flew to mansions on high

Go tell my companion and children most dear
To weep not for me, now I'm gone
The same hand that led me through seas most severe
Has kindly assisted me home

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