“Silent Night” Lyrics & Chords

English & German Lyrics for ‘Silent Night/Stille Nacht’

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Lyrics for “Silent Night / Stille Nacht” | Sheet Music

1. 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!

2. Silent night, holy night!

Shepherds quake at the sight!

Glories stream from heaven afar;

heavenly hosts sing alleluia!

Christ the Saviour is born …

Christ the Saviour is born!

3. Silent night, holy night!

Son of God, loves pure light.

Radiant beams from thy holy face

with the dawn of redeeming grace.

Jesus, Lord, at Thy Birth …

Jesus, Lord, at Thy Birth!


German Lyrics

1. Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht!

Alles schläft, einsam wacht.

Nur das traute hochheilige Paar.

Holder Knabe im lockigen Haar.

Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh …
Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh!

2. Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht!

Gottes Sohn, o wie lacht.

Lieb aus deinem göttlichen Mund,

da uns schlägt die rettende Stund.

Christ, in deiner Geburt …
Christ, in deiner Geburt!

3. Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht!

Hirten erst kundgemacht.

Durch der Engel Halleluja

Tönt es laut von fern und nah;

Christ, der Retter ist da …

Christ, der Retter ist da!


▪ First English translation by John Freeman Young, 1859
▪ German lyrics by Joseph Mohr, 1816



Chord Progression in D Major

Chord Diagrams: D | A | G

Silent night, holy night.

A               D
All is calm, all is bright.

G                         D
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child.

G                   D
Holy infant so tender and mild.

A                          D
Sleep in heavenly peace!

              A            D
Sleep in heavenly peace.



More Silent Night Resources:

  • SilentNight.web.za
    An amazing resource. Find popular & traditional lyrics as well as lesser-known variants of the carol in every major language, countless dialects, and even a few constructed tongues. A linguaphile’s dream!
  • German.about.com
    Lyrics in English and standard, modern German, with a side-by-side translation of the original German text.


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