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ADVENTURES OF A BALLAD HUNTER
Just as soon as the sun recognized its Maker,
Why it closed itself and went down,
Went down in mournin'.
"Look at my Maker hanging on the cross."
And when the sun went down, we seen the moon;
He made the moon,
My dear friends, yes, both time and season--
We seen, my dear friends, when the moon recognized Jesus dying on the
I seen the moon, yes,
Took with a judgment hemorrhage and bleed away.
Good God looked down.
Oh, the dyin' thief on the cross
Seen the moon goin' down in blood.
I seen, my dear friends, about that time they looked at that,
And when the moon went down, it done bled away.
I seen the little stars, great God, that was there
On the anvil of time,
And the little stars began to show their beautiful ray of light,
And the stars recognized their Maker dyin' on the cross.
Each little star leaped out of their silver orbit,
The torches of a unbenointed world ...
It got so dark
Until the men who was puttin' Jesus to death
They said they could feel the darkness in their fingers.
Great God A'mighty, they was close to one another,
An' it was so dark they could feel one another and hear one another and
But they couldn't see each other.
I heard one of the centurions say:
"Sholy, sholy, this must be the son of God."
'Bout that time we seen, my dear friends, the prophet Isaiah,
Said the dead in the graves would hear his voice and come forward.
They saw the dead gettin' up out of their graves on the east side of Jeru-
Gettin' out of their graves
Walkin' about, goin' down in town.
Oh! ... 'way over on Nebo's mounting [shouted]
I seen the great lawgiver go up out of his grave and begin to walk about,
My dear friends, walking, because Jesus said,
"It is finished."
We notice, my dear friends, here about that time-
I shouldn't wonder, my dear friends,
The church will save you when you get in trouble.
I heard the church so many times singing;
Here’s what’s next.
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Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964. From Hell to Breakfast, book, 1944; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc67649/m1/21/: accessed March 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Press.