Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht

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1. Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht!
Alles schlaft, einsam wacht
Nur das traute hoch-heilige Paar.
Holder Knabe im lokkigen Haar,
Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh!
Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh!

2. Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht!
Hirten erst kundgemacht;
Durch der Engel Hallelujah
Tontes 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 schlagt die rettende Stund,
Christ, in deiner Geburt!
Christ, in deiner Geburt!

Source: Hymns for Youth #74a

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 >

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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



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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