Silent night! Holy night! Heaven is near, earth is bright

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1 SILENT night! Holy night!
Heaven is near, earth is bright,
Angel songs are heard above
As the Child of peace and love
Sleeps in Mary's arms,
Sleeps in Mary's arms.

2 Silent night! Holy night!
Skies are clear, stars are bright,
Now the shepherds wend their way,
Homage to this Child to pay:
He is Christ the Lord,
He is Christ the Lord.

3 Silent night! Holy night!
Christ is here, all is light,
Shadows of the past are gone
With the advent of the Son,
Born to save us all,
Born to save us all.

Source: The New English Hymnal #35

Paraphraser: G. B. Timms

Full name George Boorne Timms Go to person page >

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! Heaven is near, earth is bright
Paraphraser: G. B. Timms
Author: Joseph Mohr
Language: Englsih



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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