Still, Still, Still – A Lullaby For The Christ Child

The Christmas carol “Still, Still, Still” is a beloved Austrian folk-song by an anonymous author. This song is written as a lullaby for the newborn Christ child. It describes the peace of the infant Jesus and his mother Mary as the baby is sung to sleep.

photo shared from @NotreDame
Photo still from  the film “Mary of Nazareth” directed by Giacomo Campiotti – shared by @NotreDame

There are 6 original verses in German. However, there have been many different English translations and multiple variations of text. Maestro Mack Wilberg composed a gorgeous, tender arrangement of this song for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square which I truly love to perform. The lyrics for this version are printed below. Enjoy! – MoSop

STILL, STILL, STILL – LYRICS (MORMON TABERNACLE CHOIR Version)

Still, still, still,
His bright eyes softly close
And Mary, breathless,
Draws him sleeping
To her heart,
Made pure for keeping
Still, still, still,
His bright eyes softly close.

Sleep, sleep, sleep,
He hears, and sweetly smiles.
And kneeling Joseph
Joins in chorus
With the angels
Bending o’er us
Sleep, sleep, sleep,
He hears, and sweetly smiles.

Sleep, Sleep, Sleep,
He breathes a tender sigh,
For soon he’ll wake
The world from slumber
Bringing life
And endless wonder
Sleep, Sleep, Sleep
He breathes a tender sigh

Sleep, Holy Jesus
Sleep

6 comments

  1. Simply a beautiful and simple Christmas song.
    However, you might wish to make a change to the 3rd line of the 2nd verse:
    From: “And keeling Joseph”
    To: “And kneeling, Joseph”

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