Amid the silence (Anonymous)

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  • (Posted 2009-01-20)  CPDL #18424:  Network.png
Editor: Rod Mather (submitted 2009-01-20).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 71 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
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  • (Posted 2000-11-27)  CPDL #01658:  Network.png
Editor: Christopher R. Baker (submitted 2000-11-27).   Copyright: CC BY 1.0
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General Information

Title: Amid the Silence
Composer: Anonymous

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1922 in Christmas and New Year Songs
Description: English version of traditional Polish carol, "Wsrod nocnej ciszy".

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

1  Amid the silence of the solemn night,
Sound the glad summons, "Lo the king of Light!
Rouse, O shepherds, haste with singing
Christ has come, salvation bringing,
Born at Bethlehem."

2  Gladly the herdsmen sough the Holy Son,
Found in a manger Christ the sinless one,
Worshipped him with exultation,
"God has brought us full salvation!
Him we shall adore!"

3  Lord, we have hailed thee, many thousand years.
Now through our darkness Lo, thy star appears.
King and prophets long have named thee,
Priests and martyrs all proclaimed thee,
"Saviour of mankind."

Translation from Polish by Angela Morgan