Another rousing Ballamy derived song, in this case a hymn and Jon Says, “One of the highlights of the Both Sides Then album with the Watersons and Anthea Bellamy chipping in with some pretty scary harmonies.” The words come form the same pen as Amazing Grace, John Newton and as you’ll see on Mainly Norfolk even Bellamy is confused about his source for this. This link gives the date as 1779 and has the full eight verses. Newton himself is another incredible character, a slave trader who spent some years as a slave himself (the biter bit), but eventually became a radical, evangelical preacher and ultimately denounced slavery. Although that final act of conscience came, by his own admission, regrettably late in life, he was none the less an effective voice, joining William Wiberforce and living to see the successful passing of the Slave Trade Act. Here’s the Wiki page on him.
The Lord Will Provide