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05 December 2010

Silent Night, Holy Night





See also the German original: Stille Nacht

Silent night, holy night,
all is calm, all is bright
round yon virgin mother and child.
Holy Infant, so tender and mild,
sleep in heavenly peace.
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night,
shepherds quake at the sight,
glories stream from heaven afar,
heavenly hosts sing alleluia;
Christ, the Saviour, is born!
Christ, the Saviour, is born!

Silent night, holy night,
Son of God, love's pure light
radiant beams from thy holy face,
with the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord at thy birth.
Jesus, Lord at thy birth.


VERSION II:



Silent Night, holy night!
All is dark, save the light
Shining where the mother mild
Watches over the holy child.
Sleep in heavenly peace.
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds rest on the sight
Where the angels sun "Hallelujah!"
Laud the babing near and far.
Christ the Saviour is here.
Christ the Saviour is here.

Silent Night, holy night!
God's own son, all the light
Shines the love in thy holy face,
Shines the light of redemption and grace.
Christ the incarnate born!
Christ the incarnate born!
Silent night.

See also the German original: Stille Nacht

Words: Joseph Möhr (1818), trans. John Freeman Young (1863)
Music: Franz Xaver Gruber (1787-1863)

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