'O Holy Night' Chords

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Chords Used: C | F | G | C7 | B7 | Em | Am | Dm

O Holy Night

C                 F                  C
O holy night, the stars are brightly shining;
          C            G             C
It is the night of the dear Savior's birth.


C                     F             C      C7
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
          Em              B7           Em
Till he appeared and the soul felt its worth.
  G7                  C
A thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices,
    G7              C
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Am           Em
Fall on your knees,
    Dm             Am
Oh, hear the angel voices!
  C  G7  C   F
O night divine,
  C          G7         C
O night when Christ was born
  G    G7       C Dm     C     G7  C
O night, O holy night, O night divine!

Other Verses:

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 the Orient land.
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friend.

He knows our need, to our weaknesses no stranger,
Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King, Before Him lowly bend!

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! O praise His Name forever,
His power and glory evermore proclaim.


His power and glory evermore proclaim.

A History of 'O Holy Night'

This French Christmas carol was created by Adolphe Adam in 1847. The hymn created by Adam was based on the poem "Minuit, chrétiens" written by the atheist poet, Placide Cappeau. It was first performed that same year by opera singer Emily Laurey. "O Holy Night" has the distinction of being the second piece of music ever played on AM radio, in 1906.

The song remains extremely popular today, especially with singers. Although performed by everyone from Destiny's Child to Andrea Bocelli, one of the signature recordings of the carol was by opera singer Tenor Enrico Caruso in 1916 (listen on YouTube).