The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Peaceful Night! All Things Sleep

For Christmas Eve

Words: Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!, Rev. Joseph Mohr, 1816
Translation by Edward Thring

Music "Stille Nacht," by Franz Gruber, 1818
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer
Original Music: MIDI / Noteworthy Composer

Source:  Edward Thring, Poems and Translations (London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1887), pp. 124-5.

"From the German."

1. Peaceful night! all things sleep,
Holy night! lone watch keep
Still and wakeful the thrice bless'd pair.
Holy child with the clustering hair,
Slumber in heavenly peace,
Slumber in heavenly peace.

2. Holy night! stars above
Watch and wind sleepless in love,
O'er his cradle the glad vigils share.
Holy child with the clustering hair,
Slumber in heavenly peace
Slumber in heavenly peace.

3. Peaceful night! glory on high,
Peace on earth angels cry,
Softly listens the wondering air.
Holy child with the clustering hair,
Slumber in heavenly peace,
Slumber in heavenly peace.

Note from Mr. Thring:

"The second and third Stanzas are original."

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