Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning
African American Spiritual
The words and music come from a Spiritual, which in recent years has been popular as a choral octavo. Additional stanzas have been added related to Matthew 25:1-13 and Genesis 28:10-17. The original text was based on the parable of the ten virgins. Don’t sing it too fast – check the metronome mark. Give it a strong downbeat and feel free to add drums and rhythm instruments. Scores are provided here in full SATB hymnal and choral voicing as well as melody-only as a bulletin insert.