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The words for the Christmas carol we know as Silent Night
were first set down on paper in 1816 in the tiny Alpine
village of Mariapfarr, Austria. The fame of this composition
spread throughout the world, and nearly two centuries later,
people are still touched by both the simplicity and the
strength of its message.



With music added by Franz Xaver Gruber in 1818, Joseph Mohr
created a song so powerful, it caused a World War I battle
to temporarily cease as British and German soldiers sang of
heavenly peace on Christmas Eve.

During World War II, fighting was suspended on many fronts
while people around the globe turned to their radios on
Christmas Eve to hear opera star Ernestine Schumann-Heink
sing Stille Nacht. In addition to her status as an international
opera star, Mme. Schumann-Heink was a mother with one son
fighting for the Axis and another son fighting for the Allies.
Her rendition of this inspired carol, first sung in the village
of Oberndorf, Austria, had the power to bring a few moments of
peace to a troubled world.





Silent Night

Bing Crosby 1942

Written by Josef Mohr, 1817
Lyrics listed in Public Domain

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.

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

Song
~Silent Night~

©Bing Crosby
Album: White Christmas Bing Crosby 1942




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