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358. Steal Away

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Refrain:
Steal away, steal away,
steal away to Jesus!
Steal away, steal away home;
I ain't got long to stay here.

1 My Lord, he calls me;
he calls me by the thunder.
The trumpet sounds within my soul;
I ain't got long to stay here. [Refrain]

2 Green trees are bending;
poor sinners stand a trembling.
The trumpet sounds within my soul;
I ain't got long to stay here. [Refrain]

3 My Lord, he calls me;
he calls me by the lightning.
The trumpet sounds within my soul;
I ain't got long to stay here. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: My Lord, he calls me
Title: Steal Away
Refrain First Line: Steal away, steal, away
Meter: 5.7.8.7 with refrain
Language: English
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: ; ; ; ;
Topic: Christ's Return and Judgment; Commitment; Freedom (1 more...)
Source: African American spiritual
Tune Information
Name: STEAL AWAY
Meter: 5.7.8.7 with refrain
Key: F Major
Source: African American spiritual


Text Information:

This spiritual illustrates the double meanings at work in many African American slave songs: it is both a call for a direct encounter with Jesus and a summons to slip away from servitude to freedom. Nat Turner reportedly used this song to call together his followers in 1831.


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