Silent Night! holy Night!

Silent Night! holy Night! Joseph Mohr* (1792-1848), translated by various authors. There have been very many translations of ‘Stille Nacht! heilige Nacht!’*, the much loved Austrian carol by Joseph Mohr* with music by Franz Xaver Gruber*. The first one into English was probably that by Emily Elizabeth Steele Elliott*, ca. 1858, for the choir of St Mark’s Church, Brighton. Other English translations of the 19th century include those by Jane Montgomery Campbell*, ‘Holy night! peaceful night’, and by Stopford Brooke*, made for his Christian Hymns (1881), beginning ‘Silent the night, holy the night’*, and used in many books; and one by Edward Thring (headmaster of Uppingham School and brother...

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