Silent night! Holy night! Slumber reigns! Naught in sight

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1 Silent night! holy night!
All is calm, all is bright
round yon virgin mother and child,
holy infant so tender and mild,
sleep in heavenly peace;
sleep in heavenly peace.

2 Silent night! holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight:
glories stream from heaven afar,
heavenly hosts sing, "Halleluiah,
Christ, the Saviour, is born!
Christ, the Saviour, is born!

3 Silent night! holy night!
Son of God, love’s pure light
radiant beams from thy holy face,
with the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.


1 Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht!
Alles schläft, einsam wacht,
nur das traute hochheilige Paar.
Holder Knabe im lockigen Haar,
schlaf in himmlischer Ruh,
schlaf in himmlischer Ruh.


1 Csendes éj, szentséges éj!
Mindennek álma mély;
Nincs fenn más, csak a szent szüle pár,
Drága kisdednük álmainál.
Szent Fiú, aludjál,
Szent Fiú, aludjál!

2 Csendes éj, szentséges éj!
Angyalok hangja kél;
Halld a mennyei halleluját,
Szerte zengi e drága szavát:
Krisztus megszabadít,
Krisztus megszabadít!

3 Csendes éj, Szentséges éj!
Szív örülj, higyi, remélj
Isten szent Fia hinti reád
Ajka vigaszadö mosolát!
Krisztus megszületett,
Krisztus megszületett!

Píng ān yè! Shèng shàn yè!
Zhen ning jìng, zhěn guāng míng,
Guāng huí huán zhào shèng mǔ shèng yīng,
Shèng jié yīng hái Chǔn zhěn kě ài,
Jing xiǎng tiān ci ān mián,
Jing xiǎng tiān ci ān mián.

Source: The Book of Praise #154

Author: Joseph Mohr

Joseph Mohr was born into a humble family–his mother was a seamstress and his father, an army musketeer. A choirboy in Salzburg Cathedral as a youth, Mohr studied at Salzburg University and was ordained in the Roman Catholic Church in 1815. Mohr was a priest in various churches near Salzburg, including St. Nicholas Church. He spent his later years in Hintersee and Wagrein. Bert Polman… Go to person page >



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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