One Silent Night

December 23, 2020 at 11:58 pm (Christmas, Culture, History, Music, Poetry, Songs) (, , )

It was a quiet night in 1816
When a young Austrian priest
Joseph Mohr
Went for a walk
Around the village of Oberndorf
In Austria

He looked out over a very quiet
snow-laden town
And the stars glistening
In the frosty heavens above

In his mind’s eye
He saw a beautiful young maiden
Wrapping a newborn babe
In a blanket
In a stable
In the back courtyard
Of an old inn
At the edge of a small town

The young maiden sang the sweetest lullaby
To her young son
He did not understand the words to the song
The young maiden sang
But it was the sweetest melody he had ever heard

He went home and wrote words to the melody
He did not know the words the young maiden sang
But he wrote the words of what he himself
Saw that night

A couple of years later
Franz Zaber Gruber
The choir director
Of Saint Nicholas Church
In Oberndorf
Wrote music to accompany
The words that Father Mohr
Had written to accompany
The melody he heard in his mind

And that Christmas Eve in 1818
At Saint Nicholas Church in Oberndorf
Austrian villagers first heard
The song lyrics and melody
To
Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht

Silent night, holy night.

-A poem written by Christopher
Wednesday December 23rd 2020
The Night Before
Christmas Eve 2020.

20 Comments

  1. monimonikablog said,

    Dear Christopher, wishing you eine stille, heilige Nacht und ein wunderbares Weihnachtsfest. β™₯

  2. GP Cox said,

  3. Anonymole said,

    I will admit, the season’s music would be much diminished without many’s beliefs in a mythical deity and his mythical progeny.

  4. Seoul Sister said,

    Very beautifulπŸ’–

  5. Hetty Eliot said,

    The beautiful paradoxes of our faith are not adequately appreciated this time of year.. Divine King born as a helpless baby in a barn that in reality was no better than a cave, born to die a criminal’s humiliating death, in order to bring life..

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      That’s very true, Hetty. ❀

      Ours is a Faith loaded with paradoxes.

      Paul on the Areopagus told the Athenian Greeks that he was going to tell them about the Unknown God who the Greeks had an inscription to.

      That Unknown God of whom Paul talked was Christ.

      Every late December the world celebrates a bright light.

      Some call the Festival Christmas.

      Others call the Festival Xmas.

      And in High School algebra, X represents the Unknown.

      That is ultimately every individual’s choice.

      Christ or the Unknown.

  6. Vivien Ayinotu said,

    Beautifully written.

  7. Jessica E. Larsen said,

    Sweet and beautiful ❀ Is this based on the actual history of the song or fiction?

  8. Mary Chang Story Writer: Inspiration, Creativity, Self-Empowerment said,

    Lovely…sorry for the late read, Dracul…I haven’t been as active on WordPress lately.

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