The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Silent Night, Holy Night

Words: Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!
Rev. Joseph Mohr (1792-1848), circa 1816.
Edited and Arranged by Nicola A. Montani, 1920.
Translator Unknown

Music: Stille Nacht," Franz Xaver Gruber (1787-1863), circa 1818
Original Music: MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Source: Nicola A. Montani, ed., The St. Gregory Hymnal And Catholic Choir Book. Philadelphia: St. Gregory Guild, 1920, #11, p. 15.

See: Silent Night, Holy Night - Notes

1. Silent night, holy night!1
Bethlehem sleeps yet what light
Floats around the holy pair:
Songs of Angels fill the air
Strains of heavenly peace,
Strains of heavenly peace.

2. Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds first see the light,
Hear the Alleluias ring
Which the Angel chorus sing
"Christ the Saviour has come,
Christ the Saviour has come!"

3. Silent night, holy night.
Son of God! oh, what light
Radiates from Thy manger bed,
Over realms with darkness spread,
Thou in Bethlehem born.
Thou in Bethlehem born.

Also found in Frank Landon Humphreys, ed., “Christmas Carols” (New York and London: Novello, Ewer & Co., 1900), p. 22. Illustrated by Louis Rhead. No attribution. Text only.

Also found in "St. Basil's Hymn Book," the Order of St. Basil the Great (John P. Daleiden Co., 1925), p.116.


1. Also found with the first line "Silent night, sacred night," in all verses.

Sheet Music to "Silent Night, Sacred Night," from L. J. Kavanagh and James M. McLaughlin, eds., Crown Hymnal. Boston: Ginn and Company, 1912, # 14, p. 18.

Editor's Note:

Bill Egan, moderator of the Christmas International Group at, noted that Johnny Cash included the second verse above in his recorded version of "Silent Night, Holy Night." The second and third verses that Cash performed were from the Young translation, Silent Night, Holy Night, plus the anonymous fourth verse found on that page.

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