Still — All is Well

Still, Still, Still (a traditional Austrian Christmas lullaby)

As I looked for all the words to this carol that I love to listen to, I found three versions, four if you count the original German ones. It seems like the succeeding versions lose some of the strong meaning of the first translation. It shows the very human traits of baby sleeping and his mother caring. This is no ordinary baby. He is God’s kiss of love to each of us and we respond by opening our hearts to him in anticipation of our heavenly home.

But the power of this carol is found in the marriage of the music and the words. The soothing harmonies and quiet flowing of the rhythm and melody make this my favorite carol. When I listen it makes me fell at peace in my soul and still before my Savior. Maybe you’ll agree. I think Michael W. Smith did because he wrote a contemporary version which I enjoy equally as much.

~Nancy Matheis

Deutsch
Still, still, still
“Salzburger Volkslieder”
Aus Salzburg, 1819

Still, still, still,
Weil’s Kindlein schlafen will.
Die Englein tun schön jubilieren,
Bei dem Kripplein musizieren.
Still, still, still,
Weil’s Kindlein schlafen will.

Schlaf, schlaf, schlaf,
Mein liebes Kindlein schlaf!
Maria tut dich niedersingen
Und ihr treues Herz darbringen.
Schlaf, schlaf, schlaf,
Mein liebes Kindlein schlaf!

Groß, groß, groß
Die Lieb ist übergroß!
Gott hat den Himmelsthron verlassen
Und muss reisen auf der Straßen.
Groß, groß, groß
Die Lieb’ ist übergroß.

Wir, wir, wir,
Tun rufen all zu dir:
Tu uns des Himmels Reich aufschließen,
Wenn wir einmal sterben müssen.
Wir, wir, wir,
Wir rufen all zu dir.

English
Still, still, still
From Salzburg, 1819
Literal English translation – HF

Still, still, still,
‘Cause baby wants to sleep.
The angels jubilate beautifully,
By the manger making music.
Still, still, still,
‘Cause baby wants to sleep.

Sleep, sleep, sleep,
My dear babe sleep!
Maria sings you a lullaby
And brings you her true heart.
Sleep, sleep, sleep,
My dear babe sleep!

Great, great, great,
The love is more than great!
God has left his throne
And must go by road.
Great, great, great,
The love is more than great.

We, we, we,
All do call out to you:
Open heaven’s realm to us,
If we must die one day.
We, we, we,
We all call out to you.

 

Still/the child’s eyes softly close/and Mary, breathless, draws Him, weeping/to her heart, so pure, for keeping/Still/His bright eyes softly close//Sing/He hears and sweetly smiles/and kneeling, Joseph joins in chorus/with the angels bending o’er us/Sing/He hears and sweetly smiles//Sleep/He breathes a tender sigh/for soon He’ll wake the world from slumber/bringing life and endless wonder//Sleep/He breathes a tender sigh//Sleep Holy Jesus, sleep.

 

Still, Still, Still

Still, still, still,
One can hear the falling snow.
For all is hushed,
The world is sleeping,
Holy Star its vigil keeping.
Still, still, still,
One can hear the falling snow.

Sleep, sleep, sleep,
‘Tis the eve of our Saviour’s birth.
The night is peaceful all around you,
Close your eyes,
Let sleep surround you.
Sleep, sleep, sleep,
‘Tis the eve of our Saviour’s birth.

Dream, dream, dream,
Of the joyous day to come.
While guardian angels without number,
Watch you as you sweetly slumber.
Dream, dream, dream,
Of the joyous day to come

 

All is Well

Words: Wayne Kirkpatrick
Music: Michael W. Smith
In this contemporary version Wayne Kirkpatrick has stayed closer to the original meaning of the carol and paraphrased it in modern verse. Again the same union of words and the music that Michael W. Smith wrote make this a powerful statement of praise and hope. All is well because God’s love plan came to a manger. He is our Lord and Savior, Emmanuel, God with us!! Alleluia!!

~Nancy Matheis


All is well all is well
Angels and men rejoice
For tonight darkness fell
Into the dawn of love’s light
Sing A-le
Sing Alleluia
All is well all is well
Let there be peace on earth
Christ is come go and tell
That He is in the manger
Sing A-le
Sing Alleluia

All is well all is well
Lift up your voice and sing
Born is now Emmanuel
Born is our Lord and Savior
Sing Alleluia
Sing Alleluia
All is well

Born is now Emmanuel
Born is our Lord and Savior
Sing Alleluia
Sing Alleluia
All is well

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