O Holy Night ~ Mahalia Jackson

O Holy Night
The words and lyrics of the old carol 'O Holy Night' were written by
Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure in 1847. Cappeau was a wine seller by trade
but was asked by the parish priest to write a poem for Christmas. He
obliged and wrote the beautiful words of the hymn. He then realised that
it should have music to accompany the words and he approached his friend
Adolphe Charles Adams(1803-1856). He agreed and the music for the poem was
therefore composed by Adolphe Charles Adams. Adolphe had attended the
Paris conservatoire and forged a brilliant career as a composer. It was
translated into English by John Sullivan Dwight (1812-1893).

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