Nursery Rhymes

Silent Night

Silent Night Lyrics and Music

The inspirational words and lyrics of this treasured hymn begin with "Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright" as the first words of this famous Christmas Carol. The words and lyrics of this 'Silent Night' hymn were written by the Austrian author, Josef Mohr. The haunting music that accompanies the 'Silent Night' Christmas Hymn were composed by Franz Xaver Gruber. The author of the hymn, Josef Mohr, was born December 11, 1792 and died December 5, 1848. The composer of the music to the 'Silent Night' hymn, Franz Xaver Gruber, was born November 25, 1787 and died June 7, 1863. We hope you enjoy the lyrics of everyone's favorite Christmas carol.

History of Silent Night Christmas Carol
The history of this favorite Christmas song began when its author Josef Mohr wrote the lyrics and then moved to a small village called Oberndorf to serve as a parish priest. He asked his friend Franz Gruber, an organist in the nearby village of Arnsdorf, to compose some music for the lyrics. The pair sang 'Silent Night' for the very first time at a Christmas church service on Christmas Eve in 1816.

Author of the Lyrics
The author of the words of the 'Silent Night' lyrics, Josef Mohr (December 11, 1792-December 5, 1848), was born in Salzburg, Austria and achieved fame as a vicar and hymnist.

Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the music that accompanies the words of 'Silent Night', Franz Xaver Gruber (November 25, 1787-June 7, 1863), was born in Unterweizberg, Hochburg), Austria and became famous as a composer, organist, violinist, choir director and music teacher.

Silent Night Lyrics

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.

 

Silent Night Carol
Title: Silent Night *** Name of Composer: Franz Xaver Gruber *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Josef Mohr *** Hymns Category: Christmas Carols

Information about the Hymn
Title of Hymn: Silent Night (German Title: Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht)
Author of Lyrics: Josef Mohr (December 11, 1792 to December 5, 1848)
Translator of the Hymn lyrics: The Carol was translated from German to English by John F. Young
Name of Composer of Music: Franz Xaver Gruber (November 25, 1787 to June 7, 1863)
Hymn Category: Christmas Carols
First Line of Hymn: "Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright"
First Publication Date: 1863

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