Go tell it on the mountain – Drakensberg Boys’ Choir 2011 – YouTube

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John W. Work, Jr.  was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1872 and died there in 1925. He's best known for his collections of Negro folk songs. His very lovely Christmas spiritual carol 'Go tell it to the Mountain' dates from his time as a teacher upon graduating from Fisk university in 1907. It's sung here by the Drakensberg Boys' Choir as part of their 2011 Christmas Concert series.  In this arrangement they sing only the first few verses but I've included all of Work's lyrics below the fold as they deserve to be better known. Enjoy :-)

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Video Source: Go tell it on the mountain - Drakensberg Boys' Choir 2011 – YouTube Uploaded by holy233 on Dec 23, 2011

Lyrics: Go tell it on the mountain

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.

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