The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Silent Night, Holy Night

Words: Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!, Rev. Joseph Mohr, 1816
Translator: W. G. Rothery (1858-1930)

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

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1. Silent night, holy night,
Starry skies beaming bright,
Guard the Virgin Mother mild,
Watching o'er the Holy Child,
Sleeping in heavenly grace,
Sleeping in heavenly grace.

2. Silent night, holy night,
Shepherds lone, hail the light,
Hark the wondrous angel throng,
Hail the morn with joyful song:
Christ the Saviour is born,
Christ the Saviour is born.

3. Silent night, holy night,
God's dear Son, bringeth light,
Saving us all from sin's dark thrall
Giving life and love to all,
Christ the Light of the World,
Christ the Light of the World.


This version is performed by "The Sixteen," conducted by Harry Christophers, on their CD "A Traditional Christmas Carol Collection from The Sixteen."

It is said to have been used in the arrangement by Alan Ridout (1934-1996); it occurs in Sing Nowell - 51 Carols (London: Novello and Co., 1963) and was recorded by the Choir of Queen's College, Cambridge, on their CD "Christmas from Cambridge", as well by other artists. The Colin Mawby arrangement is used in Carols Old and New, compiled by Malcolm Archer and Alan Ridout (1991, 1992).

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