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"Jesus is a Rock in a Weary Land"

The lyrics and audio recording presented here are from an interview with Wallace Quarterman conducted in 1935, at Fort Frederica, St. Simons Island, Georgia. These interviews were part of the Works Progress Administration, and documented the experiences of former slaves. Among the interviewers was author Zora Neale Hurston.

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Jesus is a Rock in a Weary Land

My god is a rock in a weary land.
Shelter in a time of storm.
He is the lily of the valley.
And he is the prince of peace.
When they put old John in the island Patmos ???
Jesus proved he is born in peace
My God is the rock in this weary land.
Weary land.
In the weary land.
My God is the rock in the weary land.
Shelter in the time of storm.
Stop and let me tell you about the chapel of two.
The Lord God's written his Bible too.
Stop and let me tell you about the chapel of three.
My god died on Calvary.
Then I know he is a rock in this weary land.
Weary land.
In a weary land.
My God is the rock in this weary land.
Shelter in this time of storm.
He is the maker of little lambs of God.
He is the prince of peace.
When they put old John in the ???
Jesus proved that born in peace.
My god is the rock in this weary land.
Weary land.
In the weary land.
My god is the rock in this weary land.
Shelter in this time of storm.
Stop and let me tell you about the chapel of four.
The lord God's busy don't amount to four.
Stop and let me tell you about the chapel of five.
The Lord God's brought us so stand alive.
Stop and let me tell you about the chapel of six.
He ready Jerusalem and healed the sick.
Then I know he's a rock in a weary land.
Weary land.
In a weary land.
My God is a rock in this weary land.
Shelter in a time of storm.
Stop and let me tell you about the chapel of seven.
The Lord God's risen and he went to heaven.
Stop and let me tell you about the chapel of eight.
I seen him standing at the golden gate.
Stop and let me tell you about the chapel of nine.
The Lord God's turning that water to wine.
Stop and let me tell you about the chapel of ten.
John said he's coming in the world again.
Then I know he's a rock in this weary land.
Weary land.
In this weary land.

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I know he's a rock in this weary land.
Shelter in a time of storm.
He's the lily of the valley.
He's the brightest morning star.
When they put old Daniel in the lion's den, Jesus locked the lion's jaws.
And I know he's a rock in this weary land.
Weary land.
In the weary land.
And I know he's a rock in a weary land.
Shelter in a time of storm.

Source | Wallace Quarterman, "Interview with Wallace Quaterman, Fort Frederica, St. Simons Island, Georgia (Gullah), June 1935 (part 1 of 3)," June 1935, from Library of Congress, Voices From the Days of Slavery archive, http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/afc9999001.0341a.
Creator | Wallace Quarterman
Item Type | Music/Song
Cite This document | Wallace Quarterman, “"Jesus is a Rock in a Weary Land",” HERB: Resources for Teachers, accessed April 19, 2019, https://herb.ashp.cuny.edu/items/show/843.

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