The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Silent Night! Hallowed Night!

AKA "Bethlehem's Star"

For Christmas Eve, Christmas

Words: Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!
Rev. Joseph Mohr (1792-1848), 1816.

Translator: Annie Howe, an adaptation of Silent Night, Hallowed Night, the version by J. F. Warner (1849).

Music: "Bethlehem's Star" by H. R. Palmer, copyright 1884.

Source:  H. R. (Horatio Richmond) Palmer, Palmer's Book of gems for the Sunday school : a new collection of favorite hymns and tunes for use in the services of the church, the praise meeting. (New York and Chicago: The Bigelo and Main Co., 1887), "Bethlehem's Star," #21, p. 14.

See: See: Silent Night, Holy Night - Notes

Silent night! hallowed night!
Silent sleep, calm and deep;
Softly glitters bright Bethlehemís star,
Beckoning Israelís eye from afar,
Where the Savior is born,
Where the Savior is born.

Silent night! hallowed night!
On the plain wake the strain
Sung by heavenly harbingers bright,
Fraught with tidings of heavenly light,
Christ, the Savior, has come,
Christ, the Savior, has come.

Silent night! hallowed night!
Earth awake, silence break!
High your anthems of melody raise;
Sing, ye mortals, your liveliest praise,
Peace forever shall reign,
Peace forever shall reign.


As noted above, this is Annie Howe's adaptation of J. F. Warner's version, Silent Night, Hallowed Night (the oldest English-language version found so far). The changes are found in

Also found in Palmer's Life-Time Hymns (1896), p.91.

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