“O Holy Night / Cantique de Noël” Lyrics & Chords

English & French Lyrics for ‘Cantique de Noël’

Starry winter snow
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English Lyrics for “O Holy Night” | (Sheet Music In Revision)

1. O holy night! The stars are brightly shining.
It is the night of our dear Saviour's birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
'til he appeared 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! O hear the angel voices!
Oh night divine! Oh night when Christ was born …
Oh night divine! Oh night, oh night Divine!

2. 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. Our weakness is no stranger.
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend …
Behold your King! Before him lowly bend!

3. 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! Oh praise his name forever!
His power and glory evermore proclaim …
His power and glory evermore proclaim!


French Lyrics for “Cantique de Noël”

1. Minuit, chrétiens, c’est l’heure solennelle
où l’Homme-Dieu descendit jusqu’à nous
pour effacer la tache originelle,
et de son Père arrêter le courroux.

   Le monde entier tressaille d’espérance,
   à cette nuit qui lui donne un Sauveur.

Peuple à genoux, attends ta délivrance;
Noël, Noël ! Voici le Rédempteur !
Noël, Noël ! Voici le Rédempteur !


2. De notre foi que la lumière ardente
nous guide tous au berceau de l’Enfant;
comme autrefois une étoile brillante
y conduisit les chefs de l’Orient.

   Le Roi des rois naît dans une humble crèche;
   Puissants du jour, fiers de votre grandeur,

À votre orgueil, c’est de là que Dieu prêche;
Courbez vos fronts devant le Rédempteur !
Courbez vos fronts devant le Rédempteur !


3. Le Rédempteur a brisé toute entrave;
la Terre est libre et le Ciel est ouvert.
Il voit un frère où n’était qu’un esclave;
l’amour unit ceux qu’enchaînait le fer.

   Qui lui dira notre reconnaissance?
   C’est pour nous tous qu’il naît, qu’il souffre et meurt.

Peuple debout ! Chante ta délivrance;
Noël, Noël ! Chantons le Rédempteur !
Noël, Noël ! Chantons le Rédempteur !

**English translation by John Sullivan Dwight in 1855
**French lyrics by Placide Cappeau, 1808-1877


Chord Progression in D Major (Under Revision)

Chords: D | A | G



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