Simple but moving, ‘Silent Night’ is a perennial favourite among carollers. But who composed the carol, & what are the original lyrics?

‘Silent Night, Holy Night’, goes one of the world’s most famous Christmas melodies. But does this calming carol hold a true story, và what are the lyrics?

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What is the story behind ‘Silent Night’?

The story goes that ‘Silent Night’ (originally ‘Stille Nacht’) was first performed on the evening of Christmas Eve in 1818.

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Joseph Mohr, a young Catholic priest at St Nicholas Church, Oberndorf bei Salzburg in Austria, was in despair: the organ at his church had been incapacitated by mice, và the chances of fixing the instrument before the evening service were looking slim.

But young Joseph had an idea. A few years before, he had written a rather beautiful poem called ‘Stille Nacht’. So, he asked Franz Xavez Gruber, a schoolmaster and organist in a nearby town, khổng lồ set his six-stanza poem to music.

That night, the two men lịch sự ‘Stille Nacht’ for the first time at the church’s Christmas Mass, while Mohr played guitar and the choir repeated the last two lines of each verse. Good thing they didn’t hotline an engineer…

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What are the lyrics lớn ‘Silent Night’?

Some pop versions of the carol, such as Destiny’s Child’s (slightly odd) 2001 R&B rendition, use only the first verse of the original hymn.

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But most hymn sheets and Carols for Choirs books use three verses, omitting Mohr’s original third, fourth & fifth stanzas.

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Silent night, holy night!All is calm, all is bright.Round yon Virgin, Mother & 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 afarHeavenly 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 faceWith dawn of redeeming grace,Jesus Lord, at Thy birthJesus Lord, at Thy birth

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What are the original German lyrics khổng lồ ‘Silent Night’?

Stille Nacht, heilige NachtAlles schläft; einsam wachtNur das traute hochheilige Paar.Holder Knabe lặng lockigen Haar,Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh!Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh!

Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht,Hirten erst kundgemachtDurch der Engel Halleluja,Tönt es laut von fern und nah:Christ, der Retter ist da!Christ, der Retter ist da!

Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht,Gottes Sohn, o wie lachtLieb’ aus deinem göttlichen Mund,Da uns schlägt die rettende Stund’.Christ, in deiner Geburt!Christ, in deiner Geburt!

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