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A Rugby Anthem's Unlikely Origins

LONDON -- Barely a minute had elapsed in the match between the national rugby teams of England and France when the song first boomed around the stands at Twickenham Stadium.

''Swing low, sweet chariot,'' thousands of fans sang, ''coming for to carry me home.''

It is a famous refrain and melody. For many in the United States, ''Swing Low, Sweet Chariot'' enjoys a hallowed status as one of the cherished of 19th-century African-American spirituals, its forlorn lyrics invoking the dar

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