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"Silent Night"

Traditional religious Christmas carol


Kirk Franklin

Kirk Franklin

The words to "Silent Night" were written in German by the Austrian priest Josef Mohr in 1816. Verses 1 and 3 were translated from German to English by John F. Young in 1863. The translator of verses 2 and 4 remains anonymous to this day. The music was written by Austrian headmaster Franz X. Gruber in 1818. The carol was first performed in the Nicola-Kirche (Church of St. Nicholas) in Oberndorf, Austria on December 24, 1818.

"Silent Night" has been translated into over 300 languages and dialects. It is the song that was sung simultaneously in English and German by troops fighting in WWI during the Christmas truce of 1914.

"Silent 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.

Silent night, holy night
Wondrous star, lend thy light;
With the angels let us sing,
Alleluia to our King;
Christ the Savior is born,
Christ the Savior is born!

Source: Public domain

The carol has been covered by artists from just about every style of music. From Sinead O'Connor, Josh Groban and Kenny Chesney to Dean Martin, Johnny Cash and Emmylou Harris -- secular artists have done the song justice for years. As for Christian artists, there are several great versions out there for your listening enjoyment. The Top Christian versions of the carol are found in the following list ...

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