The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

O Night Divine

For Christmas

Words: "Cantique de NoŽl," Placide Cappeau (1808-1877), 1847;
Adaptation of Dwight's Translation,
O Holy Night, by H. P. Danks, 1885
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

Source: Library of Congress, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, America Singing: Nineteenth-Century Song Sheets.
(American Memory, Performing Arts-Music)

1. O night divine! the stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour's birth:
O hearts that weep, in lonely sorrow pining,
Behold, He comes with redeeming love to earth!
The light of hope now the waking world rejoices,
For brightly breaking, there dawns a glorious morn.

Fall on your knees
O hear the angel voices!
O night divine
When the Holy Child was born!
O night divine
O night when Christ was born.

2. O night divine! thy hallow'd beams returning,
Proclaim the news of the dear Saviour's birth:
While grateful hearts with love and rapture burning
Take up the song of good will to all the earth!
The light of hope still the waking world rejoices,
While yet more bright she beholds the glorious morn. Chorus

3. O night divine! when time shall cease for ever,
Our souls will tell of the dear Saviour's birth:
When home at last we meet, no more to sever
We'll sing again of good will and peace to earth!
The light of hope now the waking world rejoicing
Will there be lost in a morn of endless day. Chorus

Sheet Music by H. P. Danks (1885)


This arrangement was one of seven in a collection entitled "Praise Offerings."

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