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The words to O Holy Night are some of the most beautiful lyrics of all traditional Christmas carols. This song has been recorded by dozens of singers including Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Kelly Clarkson, Nat King Cole, Jackie Evancho, Luciano Pavarotti, David Phelps, Josh Groban, Martina McBride, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilara, Jessica Simpson, Avril Lavigne, Carrie Underwood, Charlotte Church, Susan Boyle, and others. (See these performances and more on youtube.)

O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices
Oh night divine, oh night when Christ was born
Oh night, Oh Holy Night , Oh night divine
Oh night, Oh Holy Night , Oh night divine

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand
O’er the world a star is sweetly gleaming
Now come the wisemen from out of the Orient land
The King of kings lay thus lowly manger
In all our trials born to be our friends
He knows our need, our weakness is 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 he shall break, for the slave is our brother
And in his name all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we
With all our hearts we praise His holy name
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we
His power and glory ever more proclaim
His power and glory ever more proclaim

About this song: A French winemaker named Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure wrote O Holy Night (Cantique de Noël) as a poem in celebration of Christmas for a parish in 1847. The music was written by Charles Adolphe Adams. Later, John Sullivan White translated the song into English. Here are the words f the original author in French:

Minuit, chrétiens, c’est l’heure solennelle,
Où l’Homme-Dieu descendit jusqu’à nous
Pour effacer la tache originelle
Et de Son Père arrêter le courroux.
Le monde entier tressaille d’espérance
En cette nuit qui lui donne un Sauveur.

Peuple à genoux, attends ta délivrance.
Noël, Noël, voici le Rédempteur,
Noël, Noël, voici le Rédempteur !

De notre foi que la lumière ardente
Nous guide tous au berceau de l’Enfant,
Comme autrefois une étoile brillante
Y conduisit les chefs de l’Orient.
Le Roi des rois naît dans une humble crèche :
Puissants du jour, fiers de votre grandeur,

A votre orgueil, c’est de là que Dieu prêche.
Courbez vos fronts devant le Rédempteur.
Courbez vos fronts devant le Rédempteur.

Le Rédempteur a brisé toute entrave :
La terre est libre, et le ciel est ouvert.
Il voit un frère où n’était qu’un esclave,
L’amour unit ceux qu’enchaînait le fer.
Qui lui dira notre reconnaissance,
C’est pour nous tous qu’il naît, qu’il souffre et meurt.

Peuple debout ! Chante ta délivrance,
Noël, Noël, chantons le Rédempteur,
Noël, Noël, chantons le Rédempteur!

Both the French and English O Holy Night lyrics deal with the same subject matter and have the same overall meaning.