Go down, Moses (Traditional)

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  • (Posted 2018-06-20)  CPDL #50203:     
Editor: Andrew Henderson (submitted 2018-06-20).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 52 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: Arranged by Andrew Henderson.
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Edition notes: Arranged by Tim Drewes. Original SATB setting of the traditional African American spiritual text. A capella, piano ad lib.
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  • (Posted 2000-07-27)  CPDL #01192:      (MusiXTex)
Editor: Andre van Ryckeghem (submitted 2000-07-27).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 36 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Go down, Moses (Let my people go!)
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)
Arranger: Harry T. Burleigh
Lyricist: Traditional

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Baritone solo
Genre: SacredSpiritualArt song

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1917 Individual song, G. Ricordi & Co

External websites:

Original text and translations

English.png English text

When Israel was in Egypt's land,
Let my people go.
Oppressed so hard they could not stand,
Let my people go.

Go down, Moses,
'Way down in Egypt land.
Tell old Pharaoh:
Let my people go.

“Thus spoke the Lord”, bold Moses said,
Let my people go.
“If not I'll strike your firstborn dead,”
Let my people go.

“No more shall they in bondage toil”,
Let my people go.
“Let them come out with Egypt's spoil”,
Let my people go.

French.png French translation

Israël était en terre d'Égypte
Libère mon peuple
Si oppressé qu'il ne pouvait se lever
Libère mon peuple.

Descends, Moïse, en terre d'Égypte
Dis au vieux pharaon : "Libère mon peuple."

Ainsi parle le Seigneur, dit Moïse fièrement :
Sinon, je frapperai tes premiers-nés.

Ils ne souffreront plus dans les liens
Laisse-les quitter l'Égypte avec leur butin.