O Holy Night Lyrics PDF - Overview
O Holy Night – In the mid-1800, O Holy Night originated in France. But after its release, the song stirred a lot of controversy in the Church, where it got banned.
Composer Placide Cappeau thought about the birth of Jesus, when he asked to pen a poem for his Parish’s Mass for Christmas, as cataloged in the Gospel of Luke, when he wrote the Lyrics. Adolphe Charles Adams jewish friend of Placide Cappeau helped him to aid in the composition of the music.
Cantique De Noel was the initial title of the song. The Carol was initially accepted by the Church in France. Later he walked away from his faith because of socialist propaganda, after that the Church in France condemned the work.
The lyrics and music makes its ways to America through Abolitionist John Sullivan Dwight, who changed some of the lyrics slightly.Dwight particularly identified with the third verse which spoke about breaking the Chains of Slavery and seeing every man as our brother.
Thanks to Dwight and the covert efforts of the lyrics being sung during Christmas in Europe, the song’s notoriety spread worldwide, rumored to have been even sung on Christmas Eve during the France-Prussion war.
Given below are the lyrics of O Holy Night.
O Holy Night Lyrics
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,
Till He appear’d 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!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born;
O night divine, O night, O night Divine.
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.
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.