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Silent Night

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 >

Translator: Anonymous

In some hymnals, the editors noted that a hymn's author is unknown to them, and so this artificial "person" entry is used to reflect that fact. Obviously, the hymns attributed to "Author Unknown" "Unknown" or "Anonymous" could have been written by many people over a span of many centuries. Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Silent night, peaceful night! All things sleep, shepherds keep
Title: Silent Night
Author: Joseph Mohr
Translator: Anonymous
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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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Instances (1 - 19 of 19)

A Chord #d99

Chapel Hymns and Services #d110

Heart and Voice #d224

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Heart and Voice #216

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Hymn, Tune, and Service Book for Sunday Schools #229

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Hymnal Amore Dei #S3

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Hymnal, Amore Dei #130

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Hymnal, Amore Dei. Rev. ed. #a130

Hymns for Worship #162

Hymns of the Spirit for Use in the Free Churches of America #166

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Services for Congregational Worship. The New Hymn and Tune Book #534

Songs of Work and Worship #d98

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Sunday School Hymnal #193

The Beacon Song and Service book #207

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The Carol #75b

The Chord #d106

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The Standard Sunday School Hymnal #4

The Sunny Side #d107

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