Silent night, holy night, golden stars

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1 Silent night, holy night!
Golden stars shed their light,
While yon virgin tenderly wakes
At the manger till morning breaks.
O'er the heavenly Child,
O'er the heavenly Child.

2 Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight!
Radiant beams of glory appear,
And the message of joy they hear:
Christ, the Savior, is born,
Christ, the Savior, is born.

3 Silent night, holy night!
Son of God love's pure light
Shines so softly out of Thine eyes;
'Tis the light of salvation we prize,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.


Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #604

Author: Joseph Mohr

Mohr, Joseph, was born at Salzburg, Austria, on Dec. 11, 1792. After being ordained priest on Aug. 21, 1815, by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Salzburg, he was successively assistant at Ramsau and at Laufen; then coadjutor at Kuchl, at Golling, at Vigaun, at Adnet, and at Authering; then Vicar-Substitute at Hof and at Hintersee--all in the diocese of Salzburg. In 1828 he was appointed Vicar at Hintersee, and in 1837 at Wagrein, near St. Johann. He died at Wagrein, Dec. 4, 1848. The only hymn by him translated into English is:— Stille Nacht! heilige Nacht! Christmas. This pretty little carol was written for Christmas, 1818, while Mohr was assistant clergyman at Laufen, on the Salza, near Salzburg, and was set to music (as in the Garland o… Go to person page >

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First Line: Silent night, holy night, golden stars
Author: Joseph Mohr



Although he composed nearly one hundred works, Franz Gruber is remembered for only one–the tune of "Silent Night," composed on Christmas Eve, 1818. He scored the tune for tenor and bass soli (sung by Mohr and Gruber on that night) with the final phrase to be repeated in harmony (sung by the villag…

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