Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht

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1 Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht!
Alles schläft, einsam wacht
Nur das traute hochheilige Paar.
Holder Knabe im lockigen Haar,
Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh!
Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh!

2 Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht!
Hirten erst kundgemacht
Durch der Engel Allelujah,
Tönt es laut von fern und nah:
Christ der Retter ist da,
Christ der Retter ist da!

3 Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht!
Gottes Sohn, o wie lacht
Lieb' aus deinem gottlichen Mund,
Da uns schlägt die rettende Stund',
Christ, in deiner Geburt,
Christ, in deiner Geburt!

Source: Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #136

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 >

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First Line: Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht, Alles schlaft, einsam wacht
Title: Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht
Author: Joseph Mohr
Meter: Irregular
Language: German
Copyright: Public Domain

Tune

STILLE NACHT

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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Catholic Book of Worship III #334

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Hymns for a Pilgrim People #136

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