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Go Down, Moses: A Concordance to the Novel

By Jack L. Capps

University Microfilms International

Hardcover

ISBN: 0835702790

Published 1977

The Making of Go Down, Moses

By James Early

Southern Methodist University Press

Hardcover

ISBN: 0870740032

Published 1972

Critical Essays on William Faulkner: the McCaslin Family

By Arthur F. Kinney (ed.)

G.K. Hall

Hardcover

ISBN: 0816188955

Published 1990

Go Down, Moses: The Miscegenation of Time

By Arthur F. Kinney

Twayne’s Masterwork Studies

Twayne Publishers

Hardcover

ISBN: 0805783687

Paperback

ISBN: 0805785728

Published 1996

Threads Cable-Strong: William Faulkner’s Go Down, Moses

By Dirk Kuyk

Bucknell University Press

Hardcover

ISBN: 0838750370

Published 1982

Annotations to William Faulkner’s Go Down, Moses

By Nancy Drew Taylor

Garland

Hardcover

ISBN: 081531714X

Published 1994

Go Down, Moses: Manuscript

Introduced and Arranged by Thomas L. McHaney

Garland

Hardcover

ISBN: 082406822X

Published 1987

New Essays on Go Down, Moses

By Linda Wagner-Martin (ed.)

The American Novel series

Cambridge University Press

Hardcover

ISBN: 052145431X

Paperback

ISBN: 0521456096

Published 1996


Cliffs Notes on Faulkner’s Go Down, Moses

Cliffs Notes

Paperback

ISBN: 0822005379

Published 1986

Contents

The Title
Character List
The McCaslin Family Genealogy

The Title

The novel and title story derive their title from a traditional Negro spiritual popular among slaves, who saw in the Biblical accounts of the Israelites enslaved in Egypt a common plight and a hope for eventual freedom.

Go Down, Moses

When Israel was in Egypt’s land,
Let my people go.
Oppressed so hard they could not stand,
Let my people go.
Chorus
Go down, Moses,
’Way down in Egypt’s land.
Tell ole Pharaoh,
Let my people go.
 
We need not always weep and mourn,
Let my people go.
And wear these slav’ry chains forlorn
Let my people go.
 
The devil thought he had us fast
Let my people go.
But we thought we’d break his chains at last,
Let my people go.
 
Thus saith the Lord, bold Moses said,
Let my people go.
If not I’ll smite your first born — 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.
 
When Israel out of Egypt came,
Let my people go.
And left the proud oppressive land,
Let my people go.
 
O ’twas a dark and dismal night,
Let my people go.
When Moses led the Israelites,
Let my people go.
 
The Lord told Moses what to do,
Let my people go.
To lead the children of Israel thro’,
Let my people go.
 
As Israel stood by the water side,
Let my people go.
By God’s command it did divide,
Let my people go.
 
When they reached the other shore,
Let my people go.
They sang a song of triumph o’er,
Let my people go.

Character List

Names in bold face indicate major or significant characters.

 

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