“The Judgment (Invitation Song)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1934 (Henry, from John Oliver)
Keywords: dialog warning Hell death sin
Found in: US(Ap)

Description

Dialog: "Come. think on death and judgment; Your time is almost spent; You've been a sinner; 'Tis time that you repent." The other answers that he'll repent when he's old. The first singer points out that death might come tonight

Notes

This song seems to be inspired by the parable of the Rich Fool (Luke12:16-20), though the only words that are actually Biblical seem to be "Remember thy Creator while in the bloom of youth" (Ecclesiastes 12:1), and even that is slightly paraphrased. There might be a little of "Wicked Polly" in there, too. - RBW

References

  1. MHenry-Appalachians, pp. 206-209, "The Judgment" (1 text)
  2. Roud #17091
  3. BI, MHAp206