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O Holy Night | Lyrics and History

from the MMF Songbook



History

O Holy Night (Cantique de Noel) was composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847. The lyrics are from the french poem "Minuit, chretiens" by Placide Cappeau (1808-1877). This Christmas favorite recalls the birth of Jesus and is a popular carol for solo performance.

Fun Facts

Canadian inventor, Reginald Fessenden, broadcast himself playing "O Holy Night" on the violin on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1906. This was the first piece of music ever broadcast on the radio.

Lyrics

Oh holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour's birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appear'd and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
Oh night divine, Oh night when Christ was born,
Oh night divine, Oh night, Oh night Divine.

Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here come the wise men from Orient land.
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friend.

He knows our need, to our weakness is no stranger,
Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King, Behold your King.

Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother;
And in His name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name.

Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever,
His power and glory evermore proclaim.
His power and glory evermore proclaim.


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Sheet Music

O Holy Night for Piano Solo | Traditional