O Holy Night
Cantique de Noël
or Minuit, Chrétiens ("Midnight, Christians")
Words: Placide Cappeau (1808-1877), 1847
Translated from French to English by John Sullivan Dwight (1813-1893).
Cappeau, a wine merchant of Roquemaure, France, who wrote poems for his own enjoyment.
Dwight was editor of Dwight's Journal of Music.
Music: Adolphe-Charles Adam (1803-1856)
Adam, born in Paris, France, is best known for his ballet Giselle (1841)
and his many other operatic and theatrical works.
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Meter: 11, 10, 11, 10 D
1. O! Holy night! The stars, their gleams
Watch o'er the Eve of our dear Saviour's birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error, longing
For His appearance, then the Spirit felt its worth.
A thrill of hope; the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
2. Led by the light of faith serenely
With glowing hearts we stand by the Babe adored.
O'er the world a star is sweetly gleaming,
And come now, Shepherds, from your flocks unboard.
The Son of God lay thus w'thin lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our King.
3. Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Long live His truth, and may it last forever,
For in His name all discordant noise shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
The second and third choruses are often replaced with a refrain of the first.
Source: Wikipedia: O Holy Night; there was neither the name of the translator nor a citation of source.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O_Holy_Night (Accessed February 4, 2007).
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