The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Go, Tell it On the Mountain

Version 2; Compare
Go Tell It On The Mountain - Version 1

Go Tell It On The Mountain - Version 3

Words and Music: An African-American Spiritual, said to date from the early 1800s.
 

1. When I was a seeker
I sought both night and day,
I asked the Lord to help me,
And he showed me the say.

Go tell it on the mountain,
Over the hills and everywhere,
Go tell it on the mountain,
Our Jesus Christ is born.

2. He made me a watchman
Upon a city wall,
And if I am a Christian,
I am the least of all.

Go tell it on the mountain,
Over the hills and everywhere,
Go tell it on the mountain,
Our Jesus Christ is born.

Sheet Music From Religious Folk Songs of the Negro. New Edition. (Hampton, VA: Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute, 1909), p. 174. Subtitle is "As Sung On The Plantations." It was noted that it was arranged from the original edition of Thomas P. Fenner.

The original edition, entitled "Cabin and Plantation Songs as Sung by the Hampton Students," was published in 1874; an enlarged edition by Thomas P. Fenner and Frederic G. Rathbun was published in 1891 (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons).

Print Page Return Home Page Close Window

If you would like to help support Hymns and Carols of Christmas, please click on the button below and make a donation.