Silent night! Holy night!


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 Savior, is born!
Christ, the Savior, 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.


Words: Josef Möhr (1792-1848), 1818;
trans. stanzas 1 & 3: John Free man Young (1820-1885), 1863; trans. stanza 2: anonymous.
For the German text, click here

Music: Stille Nacht (Franz Xaver Gruber, 1787-1863)

Meter: Irregular

Hymnal, Year Number Tunes Other comments
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874      
The Anglican Hymn Book, 1868       
The Sarum Hymnal, 1869      
The Church Hymnal, 1871 (Hall & Whiteley)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Goodrich & Gilbert)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Tucker & Rousseau)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Hutchins)      
Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1874      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875-1924      
A Church of England Hymn Book, 1879      
The Universal Hymn Book, 1885      
The Hymnal Companion, 1890      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Darlington)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Parker)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Hutchins)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Tucker & Rousseau)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Helfenstein)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Messiter)      
The Yattendon Hymnal, 1900
     
Church Hymns, New Edition, 1903      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition, 1904      
The English Hymnal, 1906      
The Book of Common Praise, 1908      
The Hymnal 1916 546 Stille Nacht  
Church Hymnal for the Christian Year, 1917      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1919      
Church Hymnal Revised, 1920
(Hutchins)
667 Stille Nacht  
The Oxford Hymn Book, 1925      
Songs of Praise, 1925      
Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931      
The Book of Common Praise, 1938 739 Stille Nacht  
The Hymnal 1940 033 Stille Nacht  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950      
The Mirfield Mission Hymn Book, 1955      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1960      
Anglican Hymn Book, 1965 113 Stille Nacht  
The Hymn Book 1971 416 Stille Nacht  
The Australian Hymn Book / With One Voice, 1977 236 Stille Nacht  
The Hymnal 1982 111 Stille Nacht  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard, 1983      
The New English Hymnal, 1985 035 Stille Nacht  
Hymns for Today's Church, second edition, 1988 095 Stille Nacht  
Church Family Worship, 1988 648 Stille Nacht  
Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition, 1996 444 Stille Nacht  
Common Praise (The Anglican Church of Canada), 1998 119 Stille Nacht  
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn Book II, 1999 311 Stille Nacht  
Sing Glory, 1999 362 Stille Nacht  
Complete Mission Praise, 2000 597 Stille Nacht  
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000 069 Stille Nacht  
Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Edition, 2000 597 Stille Nacht  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000 182 Stille Nacht  

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