The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

The Night In Solemn Stillness

Words: Unknown

Music: J. G. Smith
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Source: Carol 175, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916)

1. The night in solemn stillness hung
O'er pastures fair and green,
When from above the angels' song
Fell thro' the still serene;
It came to those whose watchful care
Kept their flocks in safety there.

Refrain:
Rejoice, Rejoice
For unto you is peace restored
Today is born a Saviour,
Who is Christ the Lord.

2. Great dread and wonder at the sound
Then filled each heaving breast,
And prone they lay upon the ground
By trembling fears possessed;
While louder still the anthem rung
By angel's myriad voices sung. Refrain

3. But lo! of joy and peace on earth
The angel voices spoke;
And of the Saviour's infant birth
The gladsome tidings broke;
And bade the shepherds bend their way,
To where the cradled infant lay. Refrain

4. And still the accents sweet and fair
Came through the starry night,
Then died away upon the air
With sounds of rich delight;
And lo! a star serenely shone
To guide their wandering footsteps on. Refrain

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