Black English: 'Cause the battle am in my hand

Flaminius

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日本語 / japāniski / יפנית
Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho is passed down from the 19th century in a few variations. Some of the versions written in Black English has this line; 'Cause the battle am in my hand.

I wonder what this am is intended to. Is this use of the cobular be also found in present day Black English?
 
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