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O Little Town of Bethlehem

słowa: Phillips Brooks
muzyka: Lewis H. Redner
 C                Dm

O little town of Bethlehem

    C        G7       C
How still we see thee lie
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Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
    C      G7       C
The silent stars go by

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Yet in the dark streets shineth
    Am      Em  E7
The everlasting light
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The hopes and fears of all the years
G7  C      G7     C
Are met in thee tonight



For Christ is born of Mary; 
And gathered all above, 
While mortals sleep the angels keep 
Their watch of wond'ring love. 
O morning stars together 
Proclaim the holy birth; 
And praises sing to God the King, 
And peace to men on earth. 

How silent, how silently 
The wondrous gift is giv'n! 
So God imparts to human hearts 
The blessings of His heav'n. 
No ear may hear His coming, 
But in this world of sin, 
Where meek souls will receive Him still, 
The dear Christ enters in. 

O holy Child of Bethlehem, 
Descend to us, we pray; 
Cast out our sin and enter in, 
Be born in us today. 
We hear the Christmas angels 
The great glad tidings tell; 
O come to us, abide with us, 
Our Lord, Emmanuel.

 

 

 

    G                   Am                     G          D             G

O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie!

                   E              Am                              G       D           G

Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.

                 Am               B7              Em             B7

Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light,

        G                             Am                       G        D         G

The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

 

 

           G                        Am           G             D    G

For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above,

                         E               Am                        G             D              G

While mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wond'ring love,

                   Am        B7            Em                  B7

O morning stars, together proclaim the holy birth!

        G                        Am                          G             D           G

And praises sing to God the King, and peace to men on earth.

 

 

         G                   Am            G               D        G

How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is giv'n!

                   Em        Am                        G              D         G

So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His heav'n.

                     Am          B7              Em                    B7

No ear may hear His coming, but in this world of sin,

             G                             Am                       G                 D        G

Where meek souls will receive Him still the dear Christ enters in.

 

 

    G                   Am                      G           D          G

O holy Child of Bethlehem!  Descend to us, we pray,

                      E            Am              G          D     G

Cast out our sin, and enter in, be born in us today.

                      Am             B7             Em                         B7

We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings call,

     G                   Am                        G            D      G

O come to us, abide with us, Our Lord Emmanuel.

  
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Nat King Cole - O Little Town of Bethlehem (D-dur)
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Phillips Brooks (December 13, 1835 – January 23, 1893) was an American clergyman and author, who briefly served as Bishop of Massachusetts in the Episcopal Church during the early 1890s. In the Episcopal liturgical calendar he is remembered on January 23. He is known for being the lyricist of "O Little Town of Bethlehem".
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phillips_Brooks

 
Lewis Henry Redner (December 15, 1831, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – August 29, 1908, Hotel Marlborough, Atlantic City, New Jersey) was an American musician, best known as the composer of the popular Christmas carol "St. Louis", better known as "O Little Town of Bethlehem".
Redner worked in the real-estate business in Philadelphia, and played the organ at four different churches during his life. He spent 19 years as organist at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Philadelphia. While there, he set Pastor Phillips Brooks's poem of his recollection of a pilgrimage to Bethlehem to music on Christmas Eve, 1868, and the carol was first sung the next day.
Redner never married. He was buried at The Woodlands Cemetery in Philadelphia.

"O Little Town of Bethlehem" is a popular Christmas carol. The text was written by Phillips Brooks (1835–1893), an Episcopal priest, Rector of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Philadelphia. He was inspired by visiting the Palestinian city of Bethlehem in 1865. Three years later, he wrote the poem for his church and his organist, Lewis Redner, added the music. Redner's tune, simply titled "St. Louis", is the tune used most often for this carol in the United States.
In the Commonwealth, and sometimes in the U.S. (especially in the Episcopal Church), the hymn tune "Forest Green" is used instead. "Forest Green" was adapted by Ralph Vaughan Williams from an English folk ballad called "The Ploughboy's Dream" which he had collected from a Mr. Garman of Forest Green, Surrey in 1903. Adapted into a hymn tune, it was first published in the English Hymnal of 1906.
Another version by H. Walford Davies, called "Wengen" (or sometimes just "Christmas carol"), is usually performed only by choirs rather than as a congregational hymn. This is because the first two verses are for treble voices with organ accompaniment, with only the final verse as a chorale/refrain harmony. This setting includes a recitative from the Gospel of Luke at the beginning, and cuts verses 2 and 4 of the original 5-verse carol. This version is traditionally used at the service of Nine Lessons and Carols in Kings College, Cambridge.
William Rhys-Herbert included a new hymn-tune and harmonization as part of his 1909 cantata, Bethany. In 1994 Marco T, Colombian singer recorded an analog cassette carols including many based in Castilian influence of Elvis Presley Christmas of 1957