Words: Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!, Rev. Joseph Mohr, 1816
Translation by Marie Mason, ca. 1884
Source: Kate B. Runkle, “Festival Poems” (Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1884), p. 97
“Written for the Old Tyrolese Melody, “Silent Night”
Silent night! shadowy night !
Purple dome, starry light !
Pouring splendor of centuries down,
Gold and purple, a glorious crown,
Where the manger so rude and wild
Cradles a sleeping child.
Silent night ! mystical night !
Kings and seers sought thy light,
Where the watch of the shepherds is kept,
Heavenly hosts through the stillness have swept.
Clear proclaiming a Saviour born !
Singing the Christmas morn !
Holy night, — heralding dawn !
Far and near breaks the morn !
Breaks the day when the Saviour of men.
Bringing pardon and healing again,
“Holy, harmless, and undefiled,"
Cometh, a little child !
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