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Posted:  13 Dec 2009 05:12
I know I am not crazy.  When we were in the choir at church, we sang Silent Night, and there was a descant.  All I can find is an instrumental version.

The words for one of the verses were:
O'er the moonlit plains were angels winging
See their robes of glistening gold
Reflecting a celestial light.
Silent, silent night.  Holy, holy night
Sleep in peace, sleep in heavenly peace
In peace.

Anyone know the words to the other verses, or
know where I might find them?


Thanks so much!
C
Posted:  22 Dec 2009 07:32
Here is the first line from one of the verses...the first I think:
'Neath the silent stars a child is sleeping..

The second line starts:
Safe from every....

I'm lookin' all over the internet for the rest of it!

Good Luck..Jeannie
Posted:  23 Dec 2009 02:47
I learned it back in the 60's as-Neath the silent stars the town is sleeping, flocks are safe within the fold, secure from danger,want and cold. Silent, silent night. Holy, Holy night. Sleep in peace,sleep in heavenly peace,in peace. It was so lovely!
Posted:  23 Dec 2009 22:49
i love the dancant cos i am good at singing high
Posted:  24 Dec 2009 20:36
I'm very interested in the 2nd verse.  The first as I know it is:
'Neath the silent stars our town is sleeping
Shepherds on the hill their flocks are keeping
Their flocks are safe within the hold
Secure from danger one and all
Silent, silent night
Holy holy night
Sleep in peace
Sleep in heavenly peace
In peace
Posted:  28 Dec 2009 18:13
Learned it in 5th grade-45 years or so ago--

V.1
Neath the silent stars a town is sleeping
Flocks are safe within the fold
Secure from danger want or cold

chorus

Silent, Silent night
Holy, Holy night
Sleep in peace
Sleep in heavenly peace, sleep peace

v. 2

O’re the moonlit plain are angels winging
See their robes of glittering gold
Reflecting the celestial light
Chorus

Silent, Silent night
Holy, Holy night
Sleep in peace
Sleep in heavenly peace, sleep peace

bettyrw
Posted:  08 Jun 2010 03:17
I too sang Silent Night in church choir and one of the ladies sang the descant.  I can only remember bits of the melody and now have the lyrics above.  Does anyone know where I could access the entire melody?
Posted:  28 Sep 2010 01:00
I sang it at midnight mass in 1963
Neath the silent stars a town is sleeping
Shepherds on the hill there flocks are keeping
their flocks are safe within the fold
secure from danger want and cold
Silent
Silent night
Holy
Holy Night
Sleep in peace
Sleep in heavenly peace
in peace
Posted:  23 Nov 2010 04:48
I sang it as well, same time.  Thanks for the confirmation.  Im here with the choir director.  We were going crazy.
Posted:  23 Nov 2010 18:36
In the silent night the town is sleeping,
Flocks are safe within the fold,
Secure from danger want or cold.
Silent, Silent night.
Holy, Holy night.
Sleep in peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
In Peace.
Posted:  25 Nov 2010 19:43
I am almost pretty sure about the first verse. I just sang it in our christmas party 2009. I hope someone can complete the 2nd verse for me. The lines already mentioned seem to lack a second line.
Here's verse 1:

'Neath the silent stars a town is sleeping
Shepherds in the hills are watching keeping
Their flocks are safe within the fold
Secure from danger want or cold
Silent, Silent night
Holy, holy night
Sleep in peace
Sleep in heavenly peace
In peace.
Posted:  27 Nov 2010 20:35
I'm looking for a descant that includes the words :
"To a tiny place that's called Bethlehem town,
Christ the blessed Savior from heaven came down.
Glorious were the tidings the angels did sing,
??????? to heaven's own King"
I had the sheet music at one time but lost it.  There were two verses of the
descant and I think it was in the 1980's that I first heard it.
Posted:  01 Dec 2010 08:39
I sang this one in 5th & 6th grade in 1965 & 6...

Neath the silent stars a town is sleeping
flocks are safe within the hold
secure from danger, want or cold
silent, silent night
holy, holy night
sleep in peace
sleep in heavenly peace
in peace
Posted:  01 Dec 2010 21:42
Where can I get the music to this descant?
Posted:  04 Dec 2010 07:55
I have been looking for this for years!  Does anyone have the music?  My sister used to sing this in the 60's and the info is gone.  Thanks.
Posted:  05 Dec 2010 19:15
We sang it in elementary school like this, but I'm sure it's the same melody...

Through the silent night, the town is sleeping,
The sheep are safe within the fold,
They're free from danger fear and cold,
Silent...silent night
Holy..holy night
Sleep in peace, si-lent, ho-ly night,
Sleep in peace.

I remember loving that descant and in fact that's why I'm looking for it  LOL.
Posted:  13 Dec 2010 06:37
Finally!  I'd lost the words several years ago and now I've found them.

Thanks.
Posted:  13 Dec 2010 09:22
I am so glad I found this-- I think that the one that I remember is a bit different- the descant or second part went (from what I can remember)
Silent night, the (cows?) are sleeping
Shepherds  .... something something...
Pay homage (or sing praises) to the Lord on high

Silent, silent night
Holy, holy night
Sleep in heavenly, sleep in heavenly peace, in peace.

Ring any bells?
Posted:  14 Dec 2010 17:38
Our church choir used to sing it this way:

'Neath the silent stars
A child is sleeping
flocks are safe within their fold
secure from danger, wound or cold
silent, silent night
holy, holy night
sleep in peace
sleep in heavenly peace
in peace
Posted:  15 Dec 2010 05:13
Guest post for Dec 5 of this year.  You have posted the first verse exactly as my sister and remember it in an elementary school choir.  We were in an elementary school in Long Beach, Calif.  Have never heard Silent Night sung this way since, unless we sing it ourselves from memory.  Would love to find the music myself.  Now that I know someone else is aware of it, maybe I'll call the school and speak to someone in their music department.
Posted:  28 Dec 2010 15:29
"neath the silent stars a town is sleeping (silent night)
shepherds on the hills they are a leaping (holy night)
the flocks are safe within the fold (all is calm)
secure from rain and pain and cold (all is bright)

round yon virgin mother and child
(silent, si-lent ni-ght)
holy infant so tender and mild
(holy, ho-ly ni-ght)
sleep in heavenly peace
(sleep in peace)
sleep in heavenly peace
(sleep in heavenly peace, in peace)
Posted:  04 Jan 2011 21:26
I not only remember the words but the melody and every year it drives me crazy trying to find the source for the descant.  I would have been in the 5th or 6th grade, I believe, when I learned it ... 1959-60.  I've written it out on staff paper and almost used it this Christmas at our church.  Next year for certain, if I can nail down the composer.

'Neath the silent stars the town is sleeping
Shepherds in the hills their watching are keeping
Their flocks are safe within the fold
Secure from danger want or cold
Silent, Silent night
Holy, holy night
Sleep in peace
Sleep in heavenly peace
In peace

I never knew there was a second verse!
Posted:  03 Mar 2011 02:35
Dec 5 2010 remembers it the way we sang it in my fifth/sixth grade choir at school for the Christmas program with Mrs. Arensen, circa 1970. We also sang Silent Night in German.

Through the silent night, the town is sleeping,
The sheep are safe within the fold,
They're free from danger fear and cold,
Silent...silent night
Holy..holy night
Sleep in peace, si-lent, ho-ly night,
Sleep in peace.

--Terilyn
Posted:  03 Jun 2011 23:35
http://www.composeronline.com/descants/pdf/Si ...

might not be the original one, but perhaps you can use this...
Posted:  15 Nov 2011 23:16
'Neath the starry skies, a child is sleeping
Safely in his mothers arms, protecting him from hurt and harm
Silent, silent night
Holy, holy night
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep, peace.
Posted:  15 Nov 2011 23:49
Dear All,  This must be THE MYSTERY CAROL.  I have a notated version but still no composer to credit.  I'm happy to send it electronically, have used it many many
times and hope someday to meet the person who wrote it.  I will be very grateful.
Not exactly sure how to share this info...
Blessings.  Kate
Posted:  19 Nov 2011 18:33
Kate, I would love to have a copy of the notated version.
Would you email to me at: coachlauren@comcast.net.
I also sang this in elementary school, and it haunts me every year.
I'm determined to find it this year! Thanks, Lauren
Posted:  28 Nov 2011 00:17
Kate -

I, too have had part of this descant running through my head for years.  Like everyone else,  sang it in elementary school.   I would like a copy of it too, if you don't' mind?  Send it to luka2lady@yahoo.com.  Thanks much!
Posted:  28 Nov 2011 08:20
Boy does this bring back memories, and I was just talking to someone about doing this for my mother's church!  Were there only 2 vr. or 3? I recall the tune (Mrs. Cookie was a stickler for memorizing and insisted I sing it back in CA for christmas mass ~ solo!) does bring back memories!
Posted:  02 Dec 2011 01:37
Neath the silent stars a town is sleeping flocks are safe within the fold secure from danger want or cold silent silent night holy holy night sleep in peace sleep in heavenly peace in peace
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