John Wesley in Rathcormac - 31 May, 1750

from The Journal of John Wesley, page 190:

I rode to Rathcormuck. There being a great burying in the afternoon to which people came from all parts, Mr. Lloyd read part of the burial service in the church; after which I preached on "The end of all things is at hand." I was exceedingly shocked at (what I had only heard of before) the Irish howl which followed. It was not a song, as I supposed, but a dismal, inarticulate yell, set up at the grave by four shrill-voiced women who (we understood) were hired for that purpose. But I saw not one that shed a tear; for that, it seems, was not in their bargain.
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John Wesley, and Percy Livingstone Parker (ed.), The Journal of John Wesley (1951), p. 190. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1430493152045 accessed: 2 April, 2020

location of experience: Rathcormac

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John Wesley
Cleric, Theologian, Writer
1703-1791

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Keening song

Experience Information

Date/Time 31 May, 1750
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors, in public

Originally submitted by acusworth on Fri, 01 May 2015 16:12:32 +0100