Nursery Rhymes

O Holy Night

O Holy Night Lyrics and Music

The uplifting words and lyrics of this favorite hymn begin with "O holy night! The stars are brightly shining" as the first words of this famous Christmas Carol. The words and lyrics of this 'O Holy Night' hymn were written by the French author, Placide Cappeau. The blissful music that accompanies the 'O Holy Night' Christmas Hymn were composed by Adolphe Charles Adam. The author of the hymn, Placide Cappeau, was born October 25, 1808 and died August 8, 1877. The composer of the music to the 'O Holy Night' hymn, Adolphe Charles Adam, was born July 24, 1803 and died May 3, 1856. We hope you enjoy the lyrics of this notable Christmas carol.

O Holy Night Hymn
Title: O Holy Night *** Name of Composer: Adolphe Charles Adam *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Placide Cappeau *** Hymns Category: Christmas Carols

Author of the Lyrics
The author of the lyrics of the 'O Holy Night' lyrics, Placide Cappeau (October 25, 1808-August 8, 1877), was born in Roquemaure, France and achieved fame as a poet and hymn writer.

Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the music that accompanies the words of 'O Holy Night', Adolphe Charles Adam (July 24, 1803-May 3, 1856), was born in Paris, France and became famous as a composer and musician. Adolphe Adam wrote the music for hymns and more than 50 operas and 12 ballets, including 'Giselle'.

O Holy Night Lyrics

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour's birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O holy night, O night divine!
O night, O holy night, O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
O'er the world a star is sweetly gleaming,
Now come the wisemen from out of the Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friends.
He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!
His power and glory ever more proclaim!

Information about the Hymn
Title of Hymn: O Holy Night
Author of Lyrics: Placide Cappeau (October 25, 1808 to August 8, 1877)
Translator of the Hymn lyrics: John S. Dwight (1812-1893), who translated the words from French to English
Name of Composer of Music: Adolphe Charles Adam (July 24, 1803 to May 3, 1856)
Hymn Category: Christmas Carols
First Line of Hymn: O holy night! The stars are brightly shining
First Publication Date: 1847

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