The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. - Luke 2:20
Christmas Wonder in a Song
J. Michael Shannon
In 1933, a group of traveling revivalists called “The Morgan Family” camped in the town square of Morgan, N.C., and hung their wash from the Confederate Monument. They were asked to leave. Pleading poverty, they asked permission to hold one more service. At that service, a lovely girl with unwashed blond hair sang three lines of a song.
In the audience sat John Jacob Niles, a collector of mountain folk songs. After the service, he gave her a quarter to sing the song again. She didn’t know where she got the song and only knew a few lines and fragments. Niles never found the source, but he enlarged on what he heard.
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