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Silent night, sacred night, Bethlehem sleeps yet what light

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 >

Text Information

First Line: Silent night, sacred night, Bethlehem sleeps yet what light
Author: Joseph Mohr
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Jesus is here
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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Laudis Corona #42

Manual of Hymns for Congregational Singing, Prayers and Pious Practices #d84

Parish Worship II. New ed. #d45

St. Francis Hymnal and Choir Manual #d305

St. Joseph's Hymnal. 5th ed. #d98

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Sunday School Hymn Book #141

Sursum Corda #d87

The Ave Maria Hymnal. 2nd rev. ed. #d150

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The De La Salle Hymnal #7

The Hymnal #c125

The Ordinary of the Mass and a Complete Manual of Hymns for Parochial Schools #d375

The Parochial Hymnal, a Select Collection #d117

The St. Cecilia Hymnal. 4th ed. #d99

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