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(1924) [MARC] Author: Fredrika Bremer
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come to us on our sick-beds, and He will make us
free, and we shall come to Him and abide with
Him in glory!”

The discourse, spite of its exaggerated pathos
and repetitions, could not have been better in its
aim and application; and it delighted me to hear
the doctrine of spiritual freedom promulgated by
a slave among slaves. I have since heard that the
Methodist missionaries, who are the most effective
teachers and preachers among the negroes,
are very angry with them for their love of dancing
and music, and declare them to be sinful. And
whenever the negroes become Christian, they give
up dancing, have preaching meetings instead, and
employ their musical talents merely on psalms
and hymns. This seems to me a very unwise proceeding
on the part of the preachers. Are not
all God’s gifts good, and may they not be made
use of in His honor? And why should not this
people, by nature joyous and childlike, worship
God in gladness? I should, instead, let them
have sacred dances, and let them sing to them
joyful songs of praise in the beautiful air
beneath the flowering trees. Did not King David
dance and sing in pious rapture before the ark
of God?

I went on still further through wood and meadow into
the wild, silent country. When it

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