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Nicodemus, the slave, was of African birth
And was bought for a bagful of gold.
He was reckoned as part of the salt of the earth
But he died years ago very old.
'Twas his last sad request, so we laid him away
In the trunk of an old hollow tree
"Wake me up!" was his charge, "at the first break of day
Wake me up for the great Jubilee!"

Chorus:
The "Good Time Coming" is almost here
It was long, long, long on the way!
Now, run and tell Elija to hurry up pomp
And meet us at the gum-tree down in the swamp
To wake Nicodemus today.

He was known as a prophet, atleast was as wise
For he told of the battles to come
And he trembled with dread when he rolled up his eyes
And we heeded the shake of his thumb.
Though he clothed us with fear, yet the garments he wore
Were in patches at elbow and knee
And he still wears the suit that he used to of yore
As he sleeps in the old hollow tree.

Chorus:
The "Good Time Coming" is almost here
It was long, long, long on the way!
Now, run and tell Elija to hurry up pomp
And meet us at the gum-tree down in the swamp
To wake Nicodemus today.

Nicodemus was never the sport of the lash
Though the bullet has oft crossed his path
There were none of his masters so brave or so rash
As to face such a man in his wrath.
Yet his great heart with kindness was filled to the brim
He obeyed who was born to command
But he longed for the morning which then was so dim
The morning which now is at hand.

Chorus:
The "Good Time Coming" is almost here
It was long, long, long on the way!
Now, run and tell Elija to hurry up pomp
And meet us at the gum-tree down in the swamp
To wake Nicodemus today.

Twas a long weary night we were almost in fear
That the future was more than he knew
Twas a long weary night but the morning is near
And the words of our prophet are true.
There are signs in the sky that the darkness is gone
There are tokens in endless array
When the storm which had seemingly banished the dawn
Only hastens the advent of day.

Chorus:
The "Good Time Coming" is almost here
It was long, long, long on the way!
Now, run and tell Elija to hurry up pomp
And meet us at the gum-tree down in the swamp
To wake Nicodemus today.

The Gospel song, "Wake Nicodemus" was composed by Henry Clay Work during the American civil war.

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