From the recording Winter Wanderings

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Silent Night/O Holy Night

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Silent Night (Stille Nacht) original German Lyrics by Joseph Mohr, music by Franz Gruber. O Holy Night (Cantique de Noël)
original French Lyrics by Placide Cappeau, music by Adolphe Adam. English verse: new lyrics by Holly Near (© Hereford Music).
Thank you to Elias Mokole for bringing the “spirit” of these soldiers to life in the Silent Night/O Holy Night medley.


Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht,
Alles schläft; einsam wacht
Nur das traute, hochheilige Paar.
Holder Knabe im lockigen Haar,
Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh!
Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh!

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!

O Holy Night (Cantique de Noël)

De notre foi que la lumière ardente
Nous guide tous au berceau de l'Enfant,
Comme autrefois une étoile brillante
Y conduisit les chefs de l'Orient.
Le Roi des rois naît dans une humble crèche:
Puissants du jour, fiers de votre grandeur

Peuple à genoux, attends ta délivrance.
Noël, Noël, voici le Rédempteur,
Noël, Noël, voici le Rédempteur !

O holy night, the stars are brightly shining
This is the time when a new day is born
Long lived the world in fear and error pining
When peace appears, then the soul knows its worth

A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn

Rise from your knees, and hear the people’s voices
Oh night divine, O night, let peace be born
Oh night, oh night, Oh night, Let peace be born (oh night divine)