The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Silent Night, Holy Night

Words: Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!
Rev. Joseph Mohr, 1816.

Verses 1, 2, 6 translated by Bishop John Freeman Young (1820-1885)
Text: Rev. J. Freeman Young,  Carols for Christmas Tide (New York: 1859), No. 1
Verses 3-5 translated by Silent Night Historian William C. Egan
Christmas International Group, Yahoo.com
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ChristmasInternational/
September 13, 2006
Reproduced through the kind permission of Mr. Egan.

English translation of the six German verses
distributed by the tourist office in Oberndorf, Austria.

Music: "Stille Nacht," Franz Xaver Gruber (1787-1863), circa 1818
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Source: Silent Night -- The Original Sheet Music
Cyber sheet music by Frank Peterson
Sequenced by Douglas D. Anderson

Version VII from Franz Gruber
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Note that the chorus repeats the last two lines of each verse.
Sequenced by Douglas D. Anderson

Silent Night -- The Original Sheet Music
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Notes and Links to Translations

1. Silent night, holy night,
All is calm all is bright,
'Round yon virgin Mother and Child,
Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace.
Sleep in heavenly peace.

2. Silent night, holy night,
Son of God, love's pure light.
Radiant beams from Thy holy face,
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth;
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.

3. Silent night, holy night,
Here at last, healing light,
From the heavenly kingdom sent,
Abundant grace for our intent.
Jesus, salvation for all.
Jesus, salvation for all.

4. Silent night, holy night,
Sleeps the world in peace tonight.
God sends his Son to earth below,
A Child from whom all blessings flow.
Jesus embraces mankind.
Jesus embraces mankind.

5. Silent night, holy night,
Mindful of mankind's plight,
The Lord in Heav'n on high decreed,
From earthly woes we would be freed.
Jesus, God's promise for peace.
Jesus, God's promise for peace.

6. Silent night, holy night,
Shepherds quake at the sight.
Glories stream from heaven afar,
Heav'nly hosts sing Alleluia;
Christ the Savior is born.
Christ the Savior is born.

Sheet Music from Rev. J. Freeman Young, ed., Carols for Christmas Tide (New York: Daniel Dana, Jr., 1859), #1
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Sheet Music from Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916), #28
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3 Part Harmony: MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Note:

The definitive English translation of verses 1, 2, and 6 was by Rev. John Freeman Young (1820-1885), published in 1859 in a 16-page pamphlet titled Carols for Christmas Tide (New York: Daniel Dana, Jr.). The first of the seven carols in this pamphlet was "Silent Night, Holy Night." It isn't known when Rev. Young first heard the original hymn.

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