The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Silent Night Holy Night

Words: Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!, Rev. Joseph Mohr, 1816
Translator: Alfred Bell (1832-1895), circa 1869

Source: Andreas Bersagel, et al., eds., The Concordia Hymnal (Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1932)

Music "Stille Nacht," by Franz Gruber, 1818
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1. Silent night! Holy night!
Through the darkness beams a light,
Yonder, where they sweet vigils keep
O'er the Babe who, in silent sleep,
Rests in heavenly peace,
Rests in heavenly peace.

2. Silent night! Holy night!
Darkness flies, and all is light!
Shepherds here the angels sing:
"Hallelujah! hail the King!
Jesus the Saviour is here!
Jesus the Saviour is here!"

3. Silent night! Holy night!
Guiding Star, O lend thy light!
See the eastern wise men bring
Gifts and homage to our King!
Jesus the Saviour is here!
Jesus the Saviour is here!"

4. Silent night! Holy Night!
Wondrous Star, O lend thy light!
With the angels let us sing
Hallelujah to our King!
Jesus our Saviour is here!
Jesus our Saviour is here!"

Sheet Music from Andreas Bersagel, et al, eds., The Concordia Hymnal (Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1932), #140

Carol 372, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New
(Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)
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University Hymn Book (Cambridge: John Wilson and Son, 1898), Hymn 97

According to the University Hymn Book's "Biographical Index - Composers," Alfred Bell (1832-1895) created this translation that was set to music and published by Joseph Barnby in his “Original Tunes to Popular Hymns,” Vol. 1, London, 1869. The original translation consisted of five stanzas of five lines. I have been unable to locate his original third verse.

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