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Christmas Songs


'Go, Tell It on the Mountain'
©2006 Publications International, Ltd.

To the men and women held in the bondage of slavery (and its memory), ideals of liberation are held high. Therefore, Jesus' promise of liberation for all people, combined with the imagery of The Sermon on the Mount, was cherished by African Americans.

Chances are, this became the inspiration for the rousing spiritual, "Go, Tell It on the Mountain." Though its author is unknown, the hymn is assumed to have originated in the early 1800s. "Go, Tell It on the Mountain" was popularized in 1879 when performed by the Jubilee Singers of Fisk University, a school that once specialized in educating freed slaves.

"Go Tell It on the Mountain" Lyrics

1. Go tell it on the mountain,

Over the hills and everywhere,

Go tell it on the mountain,

That Jesus Christ is born!

When I was a seeker,

I sought both night and day,

I asked the Lord to help me,

And He showed me the way.

Oh! Go tell it on the mountain,

Over the hills and everywhere,

Go tell it on the mountain,

That Jesus Christ is born!

2. While shepherds kept their watching

O'er silent flocks by night,

Behold throughout the heavens

There shone a holy light.

3. The shepherds feared and trembled

When lo! above the earth

Rang out the angel chorus

That hailed our Savior's birth.

4. Down in a lowly manger

The humble Christ was born,

And God sent us salvation

That blessed Christmas morn.

Christmas sheet music: "Go, Tell It on the Mountain"

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