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Yes, you’re on the right page! Stille Nacht is the German name for what the English-speaking world know as Silent Night. The carol was composed, in quite a hurry, in the Austrian village of Oberndorf near Salzburg.

The original words were composed by Joseph Mohr and the melody was created by his friend Franz Gruber; it was first performed on Christmas Eve, 1818. For much more about the origins of the carol - and also how it has been variously translated in English changing the emphasis of verse one in particular - see the Wikipedia article here...

Mohr‘s original text had six verses but the usual translation into English has only three. For the full German text together with its English translation, click here...

[Above] Christmas decorations in Braga by Jose Goncalves
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