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28) Persistence of memory over more than 300 years strongly suggests that an origin for the Negro spiritual might lie within this inter-generational body of slave narratives.
The lyrics - based on a negro spiritual song - were found in a letter sent by celebrated Coventry poet Larkin to an old schoolfriend in 1943.
There was also a collection of Sketches on Negro Spiritual Songs, written by the Hungarian AntalffyZsiross after his move to the US.
She further asserted that the title of the second book had been taken from "Black folklore and is part of the folk-song or Negro spiritual," namely the traditional Christmas song: "I wonder as I wander out under the sky/How Jesus the Savior did come for to die/For poor on'ry people like you and like I/I wonder as I wander out under the sky.
And rather than a stirring Negro spiritual, it's a guide to where Englishmen can park them.
As the old negro spiritual puts it: 'Nobody knows the traboules I've seen'.
Or it may be partly pious resignation, the philosophy of the old Negro spiritual - 'Ain't gonna need this house no longer .
Recent scholarship exploring the roots of the Negro Spiritual tradition has uncovered a deep source of this tradition in West African music and culture (Maultsby 185).
The Negro spiritual "I Ain't No Ways Tired" suggests one of the major characteristics of Black women's history - survival.
Frost, in 1960, apparently knew nothing of the well-known Negro spiritual containing the Dives reference.
He concluded his "I Have a Dream" speech with: "when we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last.
In 1995, he was nominated for two Grammy awards for his performance of Negro spirituals and folk songs with Charlie Haden on "Steal Away.