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These are the the original words to the song we know as "Silent Night". The lyrics were written by Joseph Mohr, then assistant pastor at St. Nicholas' Church of Oberndorf in Austria in 1816. The melody was written in 1818 by Franz Gruber, then the organist at the church...

Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht!        (Silent night, holy night)
Alles schläft, einsam wacht         (All is calm, all is bright)
nur das traute hochheilige Paar;    ('Round you Virgin mother and child)
holder Knabe im lokkigen Haar,      (Holy Infant so tender and mild)
schlaf in himmlischer Ruh,          (Sleep in heavenly peace)
schlaf in himmlischer Ruh !         (Sleep in heavenly peace)

Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht!        (Silent night, holy night)
Hirten erst kundgemacht;            (Shepherds quake at the sight)
durch der Engel Halleluja           (Glories stream from heaven afar)
tänt es laut von fern und nah:      (Heavnly hosts sing Alleluiah)
Christ, der Retter ist da,          (Christ the Savior is born)
Christ, der Retter ist da!          (Christ the Savior is born)

Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht!        (Silent night, holy night)
Gottes Sohn, o wie lacht            (Son of God, love's pure light)
Lieb aus deinem göttlichen Mund,    (Radiant beams from thy holy face)
da uns schlägt die rettende Stund,  (With the dawn of redeeming grace)
Christ, in deiner Geburt,           (Jesus, Lord, at thy birth)
Christ, in deiner Geburt!           (Jesus, Lord, at thy birth)

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