Poor Sinner

Fire in the east, fire in the west

Tune: [Fire in the east, fire in the west]
Published in 2 hymnals

Representative Text

Refrain:
O poor sinner, O now is your time, O poor sinner,
O, What you goin' to do when your lamp burns down?

1 Fire in the east, fire in the west,
What you goin' to do when your lamp burns down?
Fire goin' to burn up the wilderness,
What you goin' to do when your lamp burns down? [Refrain]

2 Head got wet with midnight dew,
What you goin' to do when your lamp burns down?
Morning star was witness, too,
What you goin' to do when your lamp burns down? [Refrain]

3 Wind blows hard, wind blows cold,
What you goin' to do when your lamp burns down?
Lord, have mercy on my soul,
What you goin' to do when your lamp burns down? [Refrain]

4 I done died, don't die no more,
What you goin' to do when your lamp burns down?
I'm goin' to cross on the other shore,
What you goin' to do when your lamp burns down? [Refrain]

Source: Folk Songs of the American Negro (No. 1) #37

Text Information

First Line: Fire in the east, fire in the west
Title: Poor Sinner
Source: Spiritual
Language: English
Refrain First Line: O poor sinner, O now is your time
Copyright: Public Domain

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Folk Songs of the American Negro (No. 1) #37

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National Jubilee Melodies #81

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