He set to preaching a text every night 'bout gainen sinners. And he was preaching several years and preaching one text, and said to the congregation, he says, "Sisters and brothers, dey come an' remark, 'some people say you preach one text all of de time,' but when John was preaching on de river Jerden he didn't have but one text, and his text was, Repent and be baptized, an' dat was his one subject. Atter dat John would go preachin' and preachin' until Jesus, the Master, come to him to be baptized. An' my subject is one text, I don't preach but one text, Sisters and Brothers, and that is, Sinners, you want to find Jesus; go down below. My subject is, you want to find Jesus; go down below." Old Sister answered him in the corner, "Yes, Buddy, dat is de way I fine him I went down below. Dat is what I say. My standpoint is if you want Jesus, go down below! Go down below!"
And while he was preaching every night dere was a crow got familiar with de text, an' he flewed up in the loft over de pulpit, and he heard him preachin' his text dat night, "Sinners, if you want to find Jesus, go down below! Go down below!" After the crow got familiar with it the crow flewed out de loft of de church an' lit on de altar and turn he head one side an' look up at de preacher, an' say, "Go down below," an' de preacher went right down below. He jump over de altar and de people screamed an' crowded one another, and in getting away dey jumped out of windows, so dat dey got all mixed up under de quire in front of de door, an' de crow got frightened hisself and flewed across de church an' lit on a old lady's shoulder, who could not get out, an' he look up in de old lady face an' say: "Go down below!" An' she said, "Do Bubber, I jest come here on a visit. Dis ain't my church."
An' atter that he change he tex'.
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Publication information: Book title: Tales of the Congaree. Contributors: Edward C. L. Adams - Author, Robert G. O'Meally - Editor. Publisher: University of North Carolina Press. Place of publication: Chapel Hill, NC. Publication year: 1987. Page number: 79.
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