On Christmas Eve 1818, in Austria, the organ in St. Nicholas Church broke down. Franz Gruber, the organist, was forced to write a simple melody for two solo voices, the chorus, and a guitar. With Father Joseph Mohr's simple set of lyrics, the song was performed at the evening service to great acclaim.
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.
Silent night, holy night! Shepherds quake at the sight.
Glories stream from heaven a far, Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia, Christ the Savior is born! Christ the Savior is born!
Silent night, holy night! Son of God love's pure light.
Radiant beams from Thy holy face With the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth. Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.