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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Josh Groban - O Holy Night

The words and lyrics of the old carol 'O Holy Night' were written by Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure in 1847. Cappeau was a wine seller by trade but was asked by the parish priest to write a poem for Christmas. He obliged and wrote the beautiful words of the hymn. He then realised that it should have music to accompany the words and he approached his friend Adolphe Charles Adams(1803-1856). He agreed and the music for the poem was therefore composed by Adolphe Charles Adams. Adolphe had attended the Paris conservatoire and forged a brilliant career as a composer. It was translated into English by John Sullivan Dwight (1812-1893).

O Holy Night!

O Holy Night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Saviour'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!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!
O night, O Holy Night , O 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!

6 comments:

Immi said...

That song always makes me shiver and cry. And Josh Groban is wonderful. Perfect combination.

Clueless said...

Immi,

Yes!!

CC

Bradley said...

beautiful rendition of one of my favorite Christmas hymns.

Clueless said...

@Bradley. I'm glad that you like it. I also am really happy that you are sticking around and reading and commenting. Hope all is well with you!! Today is such a beautiful day out.

CC

Dano MacNamarrah said...

Sweetie~

I'm of the Gnostic persuasion, but I spent some quality time in a Church of England oriented boarding school. As a joke my friends and I tried out for choir. Turns out I could sing Alto through Soprano.

I recall my mother wondering if young choir boys understood how beautiful they sounded. From my paltry experience, I would say they absolutely do. Most of us understand the beauty of our talents, especially when we are young and feel free to enjoy them.

Here is a link to a video of a young choir boy singing "O Holy Night". What makes it brilliant, is that they meld film of the boy with his adult self......

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5aP2FMuvwkk

Clueless said...

Dano,

Thank you for sharing. Quite a range you had there. The video was really interesting. I always wondered what that would be like...well, now I know.

CC

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