ON SORROW SONGS
If anyone wants to know a bit more about the roots of "sorrow songs"... here is Chapter 14 of W.E.B. Du Bois's "The Souls of Black Folk" (the whole book is unbelievably brilliant by the way and just as timely a hundred years later). I remember years and years ago reading this chapter for the first time and having it define much of my heartbeat for worship. SO GOOD!
"I walk through the churchyard
To lay this body down;
I know moon–rise, I know star–rise;
I walk in the moonlight, I walk in the starlight;
I'll lie in the grave and stretch out my arms,
I'll go to judgment in the evening of the day,
And my soul and thy soul shall meet that day,
When I lay this body down."