Dai Dide Zan Siangtho
Silent Night! Holy Night!

(Luke 2:11)

Joseph Mohr (1792-1848) Franz Guber (1787-1863)

English Translation: John F. Young (1820-1885)

Hih la a phuakpa Joseph Mohr pen Austria gama khua hoih mahmah Salzburg khua-ah 1792 kuma suak ahi hi. A naupan lai pahphot-in Salzburg-a Cathedral of Salzburg choir ah kihel den hi. 1815 kumin Roman Catholic pawlpi sungah priest-in ordination kipia hi. Ordination a ngah khit ciangin Salzburg kiim-a pawlpi tampi-ah sem kawikawi hi. Hih la bel 1818 kum, Alps mualdung a Tyrol kual-a om Obernorf-a a kilamthak St. Nicholas pawlpi ah assistant priest a sep laitaka a phuah ahi hi.

Father Mohr leh khua sunga sangsiapi leh pawlpi sunga organist a sem Franz Guber te holim thei zel uh a, Christmas hymn hoih taktak hiphuak nai lo ahihna khawng kikum thei uh hi. Tua banga a gen zel uh thu leh a pawlpi organ uh hoih lo-a Christmas hun sung kizang thei lo ding cih a zak sawnsawn ciangin tua kum Christmas Eve Mass-a sak theih ding la khat phuah hong sawm hi. A citak lua mahmah a pawlpi mite a lungnop loh ding uh deih lo hi. La khat phuak takpi-a, a lawmpa Franz Guber’ kiangah paipih pah hi. Franz Guber in a muh phet-in, “Father Mohr, hih lian hi ei, mu peetpeet hang ei, Pasian’ min ki phat hen o!” ci pahlian hi.

A sawt lo-in Guber in tua la tawh kituak ding a la-aw phuak pah hi. Father Mohr’ phuahsa lamal tawh kituak lua mahmah-a, Christmas Mass lap lian sawnsawn hi. Tua nitak-in Father Mohr leh Franz Guber-te in tua la sa uh a, Guber in guitar tumkawm hi. Tua nitaka tua la a za peuhmah in hoihsa lua mahmah uh a, tuni dong mah-in hoih a kisa hi mai hi. A hun a sawt semsem teh ngaih semsem zawsop hi.

Mohr ahi a, Guber ahi zongin tua a la phuah un amau’ khua peuhmah kanin leitung buppi-ah kizel inteh, ci-in ngaihsun kha ngei het lo uh hi. Ahi zongin Christmas khit phet-in organ puahpa Karl Maurachen hong pai-in a organ sia uh puahsak hi. Amah pen Zillerthal pan hi a, tua kiima organte ama’ bawlsa ngen ahi hi. Mi minthang sim mahmah khat ahi hi. A organ puah a man ciangin a awsuah sin nuama la dawng khat ngen hi. Joseph Mohr in a piak ding la thei pak lo-a, a zan deuh a a phuah uh “Dai Dide! Zan Siangtho!” ladal pia hi. Karl Maurachen in a organ puah a sinna-in tua la sa hi. Hoihsa lua mahmah-a dal khat ngen pahlian hi.

Ama’ hangin Tyrol kual-ah tua la hong kizel pak-a, a sawt lo-in Tyrolean Folk Song minthang mahmah khat hong suak hi. Mi tuamtuam in sa uh a, tua huna minthang mahmah Strass Children’s Quartet in Germany leh Austria gam sungte-a concert a bawl kawikawina te vuah a sak uh ciangin hong kizel pha mahmah ta hi. 1838 kumin German hymn bu khatah kikhen a, “koipana kua phuah hiam cih a kithei lo hymn” ci-in kigelh hi. Hih la a kiphuah zawh kum 36 a sawt ciangin Germany gam kumpipa Emperor Frederich in za a, Christmas la kiphuak ngei lakah a ngaihpen hi ci-in ciamteh hi. Germany gam sunga Christmas program khempeuh ah a kihel nadingin thupia hi.

America gamah 1839 kumin Tyrolean Singers ahi the Rainers-te in sa uh a, a kizak masaknapen ahi hi. A sawt lo-in Mangkam leh kampau tuamtuamin kitei pah zangzang hi. Mangkamin mihing 8 in amau’ siam bangin tei ngei uh hi. Leitung bupah hih Christmas carol a kisak lohna gam om lo a, mun khempeuh ah a kideihpen la hi den mai hi.

Mangkama kitei zelzulte lakah John F. Young’ tei penmah kideihpen hi. Amah America gam Pittston, Kennebec county, Maryland ah October 30, 1820 ni-a suak ahi hi. Episcopal pawlpi ah ordination kipia a, Florida State sungah kum tam simsim sung bishop sem hi. Pawlpi sungah a sep sung tawntung biakna late lunglut mahmah a, Mohr’ phuah “Dai Dide! Zan Siangtho!” zong hoihsa mahmah ahih manin Mangkamin letkhia pah hi. 1863 kuma Clark Hollister’ khet Service and Tune Book kici labu sungah kihelpah hi. 1861 kuma kikhen Hymns and Music for the Young kici labu leh ama’ sih khit 1887 kuma Henry Hopkins in a khet Great Hymns of the Church te ama’ editor sepna tungtawna piang labute ahi hi.

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