Nursery Rhymes

Go Tell it on the Mountain

Go Tell it on the Mountain Lyrics

The words and lyrics of this African American Spiritual begin with "While shepherds kept their watching over silent flocks by night" as the first line of the song. The words, tune and lyrics of the "Go Tell it on the Mountain" song were passed on verbally and the names of the author and composer are therefore unknown.

Go Tell it on the Mountain Song Meaning and History
The history of the "Go Tell it on the Mountain" song lyrics date back to the 1800's. Meaning: The song was sung by slaves who met in gatherings to celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas and therefore considered a Christmas Carol. The repetitious style of the words and lyrics made them easy to memorize for the African American Christians who did not have a hymn book because they were not able to read. The song became popular amongst all Christians and began to appear in hymnals during the late 1800's. We have placed "Go Tell it on the Mountain" in the category of African American Spirituals, aka Negro Spirituals and Slave Songs.

Go Tell it on the Mountain Song
Title: Go Tell it on the Mountain *** Name of Composer: Unknown *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Unknown *** Category: Slave Songs aka African American Spirituals or Negro Spirituals

Go Tell it on the Mountain Lyrics

While shepherds kept their watching
Over silent flocks by night,
Behold throughout the heavens,
There shone a holy light:
Go, Tell It On The Mountain,
Over the hills and everywhere;
Go, Tell It On The Mountain
That Jesus Christ is born.

The shepherds feared and trembled
When lo! above the earth
Rang out the angel chorus
That hailed our Saviour's birth:
Go, Tell It On The Mountain,
Over the hills and everywhere;
Go, Tell It On The Mountain
That Jesus Christ is born.

Down in a lowly manger
Our humble Christ was born
And God send us salvation,
That blessed Christmas morn:
Go, Tell It On The Mountain,
Over the hills and everywhere;
Go, Tell It On The Mountain
That Jesus Christ is born.

When I am a seeker,
I seek both night and day;
I seek the Lord to help me,
And He shows me the way:
Go, Tell It On The Mountain,
Over the hills and everywhere;
Go, Tell It On The Mountain
That Jesus Christ is born.

He made me a watchman
Upon the 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
That Jesus Christ is born

Information about the Song
Title of Song: Go Tell it on the Mountain
Author of Lyrics: Unknown
Nationality of Author: African American
Name of Music Composer: Unknown
Song Category: Slave Songs aka African American Spirituals or Negro Spirituals
First Line of Song: "While shepherds kept their watching over silent flocks by night"
First Publication Date: 1867. The lyrics of the song were first published in 'Slave Songs of the United States'.

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