Some scholars think Frederick Jerome Work (1880-1942 wrote “ Go Tell It On The Mountain.” Work was an African-American composer and scholar who collected and arranged spirituals, including this one in 1907. Author James Baldwin’s (1924-1987) first major work and semi-autobiographical novel was titled Go Tell It on the Mountain (1953). Display Title: Go, Tell It on the Mountain First Line: While shepherds kept their watching Tune Title: GO TELL IT Author: John W. Work II, 1872-1925 Meter: 7.6.7.6 with refrain Scripture: Luke 2:8-20 Date: 1990. An alternate final line omits the reference to the birth of Christ, instead declaring that "Jesus Christ is Lord".[1]. It was covered by The Petersens, Silvie Paladino - The Melbourne Staff Band of The Salvation Army, Chris Klaxton, Ryan Ahlwardt feat. Go Tell It on the Mountain, semiautobiographical novel by James Baldwin, published in 1953. He cannot look at anything without having it painted in the light of the church. It calls us to do the most natural thing in the world—to spread the news about something wonderful that we have found. 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, Our Jesus Christ is born. Synopsis : Go Tell It on the Mountain written by James Baldwin, published by Vintage which was released on 17 September 2013. [3], James Baldwin grew up in Harlem and never knew his biological father. Other scholars believe slaves had been singing this American folk carol since at least the 1860’s, so Work could not have composed it. “Go Tell It on the Mountain” is an African-American spiritual that celebrates the birth of Christ. When I was a seeker I sought both night and day, I asked the Lord to help me, And he showed me the way. Based on the author’s experiences as a teenaged preacher in a small revivalist church, the novel describes two days and a long night in the life of Without the continued contribution of a third generation of the Work family, this song, and scores of other … According to the church, he is committing sin because of his own nature, which is the cause of his confusion. The boy's story gains complexity as it is interwoven with the stories of his mother, father, and aunt. "Go Tell It on the Mountain" is an African-American spiritual song, compiled by John Wesley Work Jr., dating back to at least 1865, that has been sung and recorded by many gospel and secular performers. According to religious studies professor and civil rights historian Charles Marsh, it was African-American civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer who combined this song with the spiritual "Go Down Moses", taking the last line of the chorus, "let my people go" and substituting it in the chorus of "Go Tell It on the Mountain". The Public Broadcasting Service produced a made-for-television movie based on Go Tell It on the Mountain in 1984. Download Go Tell It on the Mountain Books now!Available in PDF, EPUB, Mobi Format. The song is also considered a Christmas carol because of the lyrical content. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked Go Tell It on the Mountain 39th on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. This chorus traveled throughout the United States and Europe at the end of the last century, earning scholarship-fund money for Fisk, a school founded to educate freed slaves. 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century, TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005, Jacob wrestling with a mysterious supernatural being, "James Baldwin Reflects On 'Go Tell It' PBS Film", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Go_Tell_It_on_the_Mountain_(novel)&oldid=992974904, American novels adapted into television shows, Short description is different from Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 8 December 2020, at 03:17. [citation needed], Little Big Town's 2006 non-album single version reached No. “Go Tell It On The Mountain” was a hymn written by John W. Work, Jr. Richard had been wrongly imprisoned and beaten, despite having proclaimed his innocence. 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