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‘O Holy Night’ lyrics

“O Holy Night,” 1847, by Adolphe Adam

This is John Sullivan Dwight’s translation from 1855. He was a Unitarian minister and a schoolmaster at the Brook Farm commune who went on to become America’s first influential music critic. That might be one reason the song is much more popular in the United States than in Europe.

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O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,

It is the night of our dear Saviour’s birth.

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Long lay the world in sin and error pining,

‘Til He appear’d and the soul felt its worth.

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A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,

For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

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Fall on your knees! O hear the angel voices!

O night divine, O night when Christ was born;

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O night divine, O night, O night Divine.

Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming,

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With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.

So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,

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Here come the wise men from Orient land.

The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger;

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In all our trials born to be our friend.

He knows our need, to our weakness is no stranger,

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Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!

Behold your King, Before Him lowly bend!

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Truly He taught us to love one another;

His law is love and His gospel is peace.

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Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother;

And in His name all oppression shall cease.

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Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,

Let all within us praise His holy name.

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Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever,

His power and glory evermore proclaim.

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His power and glory evermore proclaim.


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