Stilly Night! Starry and Bright!
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.
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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