1. Sea of Glass

From the recording I Would Be the Sky EP


This may be the first-ever commercial recording of this little-known "plantation song", originally a call-and-response tune. It was documented by William Barton in his 1899 Old Plantation Hymns (Lamson, Wolffe and Co.) collected from freed slaves.
Recording and arrangement © 2013 Adrienne Frailey. All rights reserved.

Oh, this union
Oh, this union
I love this union
Stand on the sea of glass
Satan tried my soul to slay
Sword of faith drove him away
Jesus shook the manna tree
Shook it for you, He shook it for me
Tallest tree in paradise
Christian call the Tree of Life
Prettiest thing I ever done
Serve the Lord while I was young