Silent night, peaceful night, through the darkness beams a light

Silent night, peaceful night, through the darkness beams a light

Author: Joseph Mohr; Translator: Alfred Bell
Tune: NATIVITY (Barnby)
Published in 8 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Silent night! peaceful night!
Through the darkness beams a light;
Silent night! peaceful night;
Through the darkness beams a light,
Through the darkness beams a light!
Yonder, where they sweet vigils keep
O'er the Babe, who, in silent sleep,
Rests in heavenly peace,
Rests in heavenly peace.

2 Silent night! holiest night!
Darkness flies and all is light!
Silent night! holiest night!
Darkness flies and all is light!
Shepherds hear the angels sing--
"Hallelujah! hail the King!
Jesus Christ is here!
Jesus Christ is here!"

3 Silent night! peaceful night!
Child of heaven! O how bright
Silent night! peaceful night!
Child of heaven! O how bright
Thou didst smile when Thou wast born;
Blessed was that happy morn,
Full of heavenly joy.
Full of heavenly joy.

4 Silent night! holiest night!
Guiding Star, O, lend thy light!
Silent night! holiest night!
Guiding Star, O, lend thy light!
See the eastern wise men bring
Gifts and homage to our King!
Jesus Christ is here!
Jesus Christ is here!

5 Silent night! holiest night!
Wondrous Star! O, lend thy light!
Silent night! holiest night!
Wondrous Star! O, lend thy light!
With the angels let us sing
Hallelujah to our King!
Jesus Christ is here!
Jesus Christ is here!

Source: Voices of Praise: for school and church and home #358

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: Alfred Bell

Alfred Bell was born in Silton, UK in 1832. He was a stained glass artist and craftsman, as well as a painter. He worked under Sir George Gilbert Scott, a prominent church architect before joining with John Richard Clayton to form the firm Clayton & Bell. His translation "Holy night, peaceful night" was set to music by Joseph Barnby and published in 1869 in Barnby's Original Tunes to Popular Hymns (Vol 1, London: Novello and Company. Dianne Shapiro from Hymns and Carols of Christmas website (hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com) (accessed 3/21/2021) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Silent night, peaceful night, through the darkness beams a light
German Title: Stille nacht, heilige nacht
Author: Joseph Mohr
Translator: Alfred Bell
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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A Hymnal and Service Book for Sunday Schools, Day Schools, Guilds, Brotherhoods, etc. #543

The Concordia Hymnal. Rev. #d333

The Concordia Hymnal #d332

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The New Hosanna #11

The Sunday School Hymnal #d172

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The Sunday-School Hymnal and Service Book (Ed. A) #499

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The Voice of Joy #47

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Voices of Praise #358

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