The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Stilly Night! Starry and Bright!

For Christmas

Words: Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!, Rev. Joseph Mohr, 1816
Translation by
Dean Farrar

Music: "Stille Nacht," Franz Xaver Gruber (1787-1863), circa 1818

Source: Jane Byrd Radcliffe-Whitehead, Folk-songs and Other Songs for Children (Boston: Oliver Ditson, 1903), p. 188.

See Notes and Links to Translations of "Stille Nacht"

1. Stilly night! Starry and bright!
All is calm, Vigils keep,
Only the holy and humble pair,
Innocent boy, so heav'nly fair,
Sleep, in the silence, sleep,
Sleep, in the silence, sleep.

2. Holy night, starry and bright!
Shepherds first heard the strain,
heard the angels' glorious song,
Echoing loud and clear and long,
“Christ in the manger lain
Christ in the manger lain.”

3. Starry night! Stilly and bright!
Song of God, fair as morn,
beams the love I' Thy face divine!
Now doth the Sun of mercy shine,
“To us a Son is born,
To us a Son is born.”

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