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James Weldon Johnson, ed. (1871–1938).  The Book of American Negro Poetry.  1922.
 
The Big Bell in Zion
 
Theodore Henry Shackelford
 
 
COME, children, hear the joyful sound,
      Ding, Dong, Ding.
Go spread the glad news all around,
      Ding, Dong, Ding.
 
Chorus

Oh, the big bell’s tollin’ up in Zion,
        5
      The big bell’s tollin’ up in Zion,
      The big bell’s tollin’ up in Zion,
            Ding, Dong, Ding.
 
I’ve been abused and tossed about,
      Ding, Dong, Ding.        10
But glory to the Lamb, I shout!
      Ding, Dong, Ding.
 
My bruthah jus’ sent word to me,
      Ding, Dong, Ding.
That he’d done set his own self free.        15
      Ding, Dong, Ding.
 
Ole massa said he could not go,
      Ding, Dong, Ding.
But he’s done reached Ohio sho’.
      Ding, Dong, Ding.        20
 
Ise gwine to be real nice an’ meek,
      Ding, Dong, Ding.
Den I’ll run away myself nex’ week.
      Ding, Dong, Ding.
 
Chorus

Oh, the big bell’s tollin’ up in Zion,
        25
      The big bell’s tollin’ up in Zion,
      The big bell’s tollin’ up in Zion,
            Ding, Dong, Ding.
 

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