(American folk song)

Away by the river so clear,
The ladies were winding their way
When Pharaoh’s young daughter stepped down in the water
To bathe in the cool of the day
Before it was dark she looked in the ark
And found the sweet infant was there.

And away from the water so blue,
The infant was lonely and sad.
She took him in pity and thought him so pretty
And made little Moses so glad
And she called him her own, her beautiful son
And sent for a nurse that was near.

Away by the river so clear,
She carried that beautiful child
To his tender mother, his sister and brother
And Moses looked happy and smiled.
His mother so good did all that she could
To rear him and teach him with care.

Away by the sea that was red,
Little Moses the servant of God,
While in him confided the sea was divided,
When upward he lifted his rod.
And the Jews safely crossed while King Pharaoh’s host
Was drowned in the water and lost.

Away on the mountain so high
The last one that he ever did see
With Israel victorious, his hopes were most glorious
He’d soon over Jordan be free.
When his spirit did cease, he departed in peace
And rested in heaven above.

See also


  • Song with chords (PDF)
  • MIDI file
  • Listen to the song

Share this post

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top