In the dark and silent night

In the dark and silent night. Jane Eliza Leeson* (1808-1881).  First published in The Christian Child’s Book (1848) (JJ, p. 670). It had three stanzas:  In the dark and silent night, Blessèd Lord, be Thou my light; So shall nothing me affright,  Hallelujah!  Safely shadowed ’neath Thy wing, Help Thy little one to sing, Glory to the heavenly King,  Hallelujah!  Angels sing, and so would I, While upon my bed I lie, Praise my Father silently,  Hallelujah!  This charming hymn for children appeared in ICH2 ‘and in other collections’ (JJ, p. 670). The first line was noted in The Bristol Tune Book of 1876 and 1891, indicating that it had some popularity in hymnbooks for children in the late...

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