Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht

 The story of the world-famous song:

Silent Night!” was heard for the first time  in 1818 in the former St. Nicholas church in Oberndorf near Salzburg in Austria. Joseph Mohr created the text in form of a poem in 1816. On the 24th of December 1818 he handed over the text to Franz Xaver Gruber, the organist at the church of St nicholas . Joseph Mohr aked him to write a melody for the poem.Later the same day, on the 24th of December, Gruber came to Joseph Mohr and handed over his composition. As Mohr liked what he saw, this song was included in the Christmas mass that  very evening. The people immediately liked the song, and it later became world-famous.

Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!
Alles schläft; einsam wacht
Nur das traute heilige Paar.
Holder Knab im lockigem Haar,
Schlafe in himmlischer Ruh!
Schlafe in himmlischer Ruh!

. Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!
Gottes Sohn! O wie lacht
Lieb´ aus deinem göttlichen Mund,
Da schlägt uns die rettende Stund´.
Christus in deiner Geburt!
Christus in deiner Geburt!

 Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht!
Hirten erst kundgemacht
Durch der Engel Alleluja,
Tönt es laut bei Ferne und Nah:
Christus der Retter ist da!
Christus der Retter ist da!

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  1. Hi!
    We are Deborah and Melissa. We have the same song in Italian Christmas Carol tradition of “Stille Nacht”, that is “Astro del Ciel”.
    Here are the words:

    “Astro del Ciel, Pargol divin, mite Agnello Redentor!
    Tu che ai Vati da lungi sognar, Tu che angeliche voci nunziar,
    luce dona alle genti, pace infondi nei cuor!
    luce dona alle genti, pace infondi nei cuor!

    Astro del Ciel, Pargol divin, mite Agnello Redentor!
    Tu di stirpe regale decor, Tu virgineo, mistico fior,
    luce dona alle genti, pace infondi nei cuor!
    luce dona alle genti, pace infondi nei cuor!

    Astro del Ciel, Pargol divin, mite Agnello Redentor!
    Tu disceso a scontare l’error, Tu sol nato a parlare d’amor,
    luce dona alle genti, pace infondi nei cuor!
    luce dona alle genti, pace infondi nei cuor!”


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