Go tell it on the mountain
Go tell it on the mountain. African American spiritual, verses by John Wesley Work (II)* (1872-1925).
The several versions of this spiritual are based on settings in two collections. The first appeared with the caption ‘Christmas Plantation Song’ in Religious Folk Songs of The Negro, as Sung on The Plantations, new edition (Hampton, Virginia, 1909):
When I was a seekerI sought both night and day.I ask de Lord to help me,An’ He show me de way.
He made me a watchmanUpon the city wall,An’ if I am a ChristianI am the least of all.
Go tell it on de mountain,Over de hills an everywhere.God tell it on de mountain,Dat Jesus Christ is born.
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