Descant lyrics for Silent Night

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Descant lyrics for Silent Night

Post by Guest » Tue Dec 30, 2014 11:37 am

I first sang this descant in the 1970s and continue to sing it every Christmas, but I only knew the first verse. The lyrics I know are those Susana has printed (see her Dec 2013 entry, above) with one minor difference. I sing the second line of the first verse as "Their flocks are safe within the fold" as opposed to "Flocks are safe within the fold." Thanks for the additional verses. I'd love to know who wrote it in order to give attribution. Please provide the name of the descant author, if known.
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Descant lyrics for Silent Night

Post by Guest » Tue Dec 08, 2015 9:30 pm

I sang this in the early '60s at McGregor Elementary School in Detroit, Michigan with teacher Mrs Shock. I can't help myself... whenever I am singing the song, I immediately sing along with this.

'Neath the silent stars a town is sleeping
Flocks are safe within their fold
Secure from danger want or cold
Silent... Silent Night
Holy... Holy Night..
Sleep in peace
Sleep in heavenly peace, in peace.

O'er the moonlit plains angels are singing
See their robes of glistening white
reflecting a celestrial light
Silent... Silent night
Holy... Holy night..
Sleep in peace
Sleep in heavenly peace, in peace!
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Descant lyrics for Silent Night

Post by Guest » Tue Dec 13, 2016 5:31 pm

I just found myself singing this to Silent Night on the radio, and also wondered about it. We also sang it in the 60's or 70's. Thanks for the info.
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Descant lyrics for Silent Night

Post by Guest » Wed Dec 14, 2016 8:29 pm

These were the lyrics I learned about 1961 from Mrs. Bacon at Birney Elementary School in Long Beach, California. It is exactly the same as the guest post of Dec 05, 2010. It also makes me wonder if the guest post for Dec 15 of 2010 was taught by the same teacher:

Through the silent night the town is sleeping.
The sheep are safe within their folds.
They're safe from hunger, fear, and cold.
Silent, silent night
Holy, holy night
Sleep in peace, silent, holy night
Sleep in peace
Guest

Descant lyrics for Silent Night

Post by Guest » Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:38 pm

I learned this descant 65 years ago in church choir in Phoenix Arizona. We sang:
'Neath the silent stars the town is sleeping
The flocks are safe within their fold
Safe from danger fear and cold
Silent, silent night
Holy, holy night
Sleep in peace.
Silent holy night
Sleep in Peace.
Catherine - Guest
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Descant lyrics for Silent Night

Post by Guest » Sat Dec 16, 2017 3:09 am

It's called, " 'Neath the Silent Stars".
EMilia

Re: Descant lyrics for Silent Night

Post by EMilia » Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:05 pm

I clearly remember the lyrics from my solo as a 6th grader in 1980. I am a tenor (female) and someone thought it was a good idea for me to sing the descant of Silent Night while the rest of the class "Whispered" Silent Night.
It was something to hear.

Through the silent night the town was sleeping
The sheep were safe within the fold
Safe from danger, fear and cold
silent silent night
holy holy night.........
Salome Ellen

Re: Descant lyrics for Silent Night

Post by Salome Ellen » Sun Nov 17, 2019 4:37 pm

I also learned this descant in the 5th grade (c. 1961) because it was in the school music class textbook. I think the publisher was Silver-Burdett.
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