The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Silent Night! Holy Night!
Carol for the Nativity

For Christmas Eve

Words: Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!, Rev. Joseph Mohr, 1816
Translation by William Tidd Matson, ca. 1887

Music: "Stille Nacht," Franz Xaver Gruber (1787-1863), circa 1818
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Source: Henry Allon, ed., Children's Worship (London: Hodder and Stroughton, 1888), p. 38, #132

1. Silent Night! holy Night!
Slumber reigns, soft and light,
Only watch the wondering pair
O'er the Babe in the manger there,
Prince anointed of heaven,
Prince anointed of heaven.

2. Starry Night! lustrous Night!
Shepherd swains, on the height,
Hear the Hallelujah sound
Sung by angel hosts around,
Christ the Saviour is given,
Christ the Saviour is given.

3. Gentle Night! beauteous Night!
Son of God! oh how bright
Love o'erspreads Thy heavenly face,
Radiant pledge of mercy and grace!
Sing we Jesus is born!
Sing we Jesus is born!

4. Christmas Night! jubilant Night!
Evermore with delight
Human hearts that wearily yearn,
Hail with joy thy happy return
Till the eternal morn,
Till the eternal morn.


According to John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, this translation first appeared in the 1887 edition of this hymnal.

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