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Down to the River to Pray history?

I can't seem to find anything about the history of the tune Down to the River to Pray. Anyone have any insight/resources for me?
-Katherine Bank
Replies (2): Threaded | Chronological
on June 15, 2013 9:48pm
  This song, "Down In The Valley To Pray", was a favorite song of my great-grandmother, Priscilla Elizabeth Harmon Burton (1857-1932).  She was always very religious and this song must have brought a great blessing to her heart.  She may have learned this song when she was a young girl in the 19th century.  I wish I had learned to sing this song when her daughter, my beloved grandmother, Effie Burton Grider (1896-1987), was living.  I have heard the song lyrics perfomed both ways, "Down In The Valley To Pray" and "Down To The River To Pray".  I am curious which is the original title and lyrics of this beautiful song.
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