Silent Night

Representative Text

1 Silent night, sacred night,
Bethlehem sleeps, yet what light
Floats around the holy Pair:
Songs of angels fill the air,
Strains of heavenly peace,
Strains of heavenly peace.

2 Silent night, sacred night,
Shepherds first see the light,
Hear the Alleluias ring,
Which the angel-chorus sing;
Christ the Saviour has come,
Christ the Saviour has come.

3 Silent night, sacred night,
Son of God! oh, what light
Radiates from thy manger-bed
Over realms with darkness spread,
Thou in Bethlehem born,
Thou in Bethlehem born.

Source: Laudis Corona: the new Sunday school hymn book, containing a collection of Catholic hymns, arranged for the principal seasons and festivals of the year #42

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 >

Text Information

First Line: Silent night, sacred night, Bethlehem sleeps yet what light
Title: Silent Night
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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