Falai Pelas Montanhas

Author (stanzas): John Wesley Work

John Wesley Work II (sometimes Jr.) was born, educated, worked and died in Nashville. He majored in history and Latin at Fisk University (B.A. 1895, M.S. 1898), after which he was instructor of Greek and Latin until 1906 when he was appointed chair of the department. Work and his brother, Frederick Jerome (1879-1942), were leading figures in the preservation, performance and study of African-American spirituals. They published several collections of slave songs and spirituals, including New Jubilee Songs as Sung by Fisk Jubilee Singers (1901) and Folk Songs of the American Negro (1907). John Work II’s treatise The Folk Song of the American Negro (1915) was one of the earliest studies of African-American music undertaken by a descend… Go to person page >

Translator: Joan Larie Sutton

Joan Larie Sutton (nee Riffey) was born in Louisville, KY but lived most of her life in Brazil with her missionary parents. She began the study of violin at the age of ten, continuing her studies at Baylor University. She earned a Masters Degree in sacred music at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. She married William Boyd Sutton and together they worked in Brazil. She translated many hymns into Portuguese.… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Nasceu na estrebaria
Title: Falai Pelas Montanhas
English Title: Go, Tell It on the Mountain
Author (stanzas): John Wesley Work (1907)
Translator: Joan Larie Sutton (1969)
Language: Portuguese
Refrain First Line: Falei pelas montanhas
Publication Date: 1991
Copyright: Copyright translation 1990 Joan L. Sutton. Used by permission.