1 Silent night! shadowy night!
Purple dome, starry light!
Pouring splendor of centuries down,
Gold and purple, a glorious crown,
Where the manger so rude and wild
Cradles a child, a sleeping child.
2 Silent night! mystical night!
Kings and seers sought thy light,
Where the watch of the shepherds is kept,
Heavenly hots thro’ the stillness have swept,
Clear, proclaiming a Savior born!
Singing the morn, the Christmas morn.
3 Holy night! heralding dawn!
Far and near breaks the morn!
Breaks the day when the Savior of men,
Bringing pardon and healing again,
“Holy harmless and undefiled,”
Cometh a child, a little child.
Mason, Marie J. Miss Mason, who desires to remain unknown, contributed the popular hymn, "Saviour, who died for me" (Self-Consecration), to the Christian Songs for the Sunday Schools, N. Y., 1872, p. 156, in 4 stanzas of 8 lines. It was written in 1871. Born in 1822.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)
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