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Category: Jane Montgomery Campbell (1817-1878)
Jane Montgomery Campbell (1817 – 1878) was an English writer and teacher of music born in the village of Paddington in Middlesex. She was the daughter of Church of England clergyman the Rev. A. Montgomery Campbell she became a teacher in her father’s parish school where she authored A Handbook for Singers (London: Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge) – a slim volume of musical exercises which she taught her pupils.
She is know both as a writer of English verse and as a translator of German hymns, some of which were published in C. S. Bere’s Garland of Songs, 1862, and Children’s Choral Book, 1869. One interesting translation are alternative words for Silent Night:
Holy night! Peaceful night!
All is dark, save the light
Yonder where they sweet vigils keep,
O’er the Babe who in silent sleep,
Rests in heavenly peace.
Rests in Heavenly peace.