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Here's how I like to play "Wśród nocnej ciszy". 
If you would like to play it this way, check out the video and tabs below; but first, put on your earphones and have a listen:




Wśród nocnej ciszy

Now let's focus on the first part of this song which starts out as an introduction, but continues on to serve as the accompaniment for at least half the song. Mazowsze does it differently, by the way -- in fact, everyone does it differently.  I used a keyboard for the melody to spare you the pain of listening to me sing.

Here is a closeup view of the fingering:
     Wśród nocnej ciszy 



     Performer by the Mazowsze Choir
                         Key of B♭

.Guitar capo position: 3rd fret
 
G / / /  Am7 /  D7 /  G / / /   G / / /           
Wśród nocnej ciszy 
G / / /  Am7 /  D7 /  G / / /   D7 / / /    
głos się rozchodzi: 
G / / /  Am7 /  D7 /  G / / /   G / / /     
Wstańcie, pasterze, 
G / / /  Am7 /  D7 /  G / / /   D7 / / /    
Bóg się wam rodzi! 
            Em      Am7   D7  
Czym prędzej się wybierajcie,     
        Em   Am7   D7           
Do Betlejem pospieszajcie 
   Em   Am7 G   
Przywitać Pana.                                                 

2) Poszli, znaleźli Dzieciątko w żłobie
Z wszystkimi znaki danymi sobie.
Jako Bogu cześć Mu dali,
A witając zawołali
Z wielkiej radości.

3) “Ach, witaj, Zbawco z dawna żądany,             
Tyle tysięcy lat wyglądany!                     
Na Ciebie króle, prorocy                         
Czekali, a Tyś tej nocy                           
Nam się objawił.”                                  

4) I my czekamy na Ciebie, Pana,
A skoro przyjdziesz na głos kapłana.
Padniemy na twarz przed Tobą
Wierząc, żeś jest pod osłoną
Chleba i Wina.

Source: M.Mioduszewski's 
Church Hymnal, 1853

 


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Guitar Demonstration Video
 

And here is the tablature for the beginning of "Wśród nocnej ciszy" :

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  
|--------------3--------|-------------3--------|--------------1--------|----------------3-----| 
|--------0---------0---|--------0--------0---|---------0--------0----------------0----------
|---5-------------------|---4------------------|---2-------------------|----- -4--------------|
|------------------------|---------------------- ----------------------------5------------------
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    t    i   m   i       t    i   m   i        t    i   m   i        t   t   i   m

Play the above guitar tabs for the intro and the first two lines of each verse:

Wśród nocnej ciszy głos się rozchodzi:  
Wstańcie, pasterze, Bóg się wam rodzi! 

Frankly, you could play this pattern throughout the entire song, but that might be boring. Here are the rest of the tabs:

Then, play this for the snappy part of the song:









Czym prędzej się wybierajcie 
Do Betlejem pospieszajcie 


Finally, here's the last part:



<------ IMPORTANT: Keep index finger on this string at all times. Slide up and down between frets. 
  G                       Em                 Am7                 D    
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------2----------- 
|-----------0---------|-----------0----------|----------1----------|----------------1-----| 
|----------------0----|-----------------0----|---------------0----------------2-----------
|-----------0---------|-----------0----------|----------2---------------0-----------------
|----------------------|---------------------------0----------------------------------------
-----3---------------------0---------------------------------------------------------------
              i                             i                          i                              i
     t     t   m          t     t   m        t     t   m           t     t   m  
  G                     Em                  Am7                 D                     G
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------2------------------------ 
|-----------------0--|-----------------0--------------------1-------------------1--------------0------------
|--------------0-----|-------------0---------------------0----------------- 2------------------0-------------
|----------0---------|---------0---------------------2-----------------0-------------------------------------
|---------------------|--------------------------0--------------------------------------------------------------
-----3--------------------0---------------------------------------------------------------------0-------------
                                                                                                                    m
                                                                                                                     i 
     t    t i m          t    t i  m        t    t  i  m           t    t  i  m               t
And here is another way to play Wśród nocnej ciszy 
Chords: C Am7 F G

Polonia Music

Regular Tempo
Extra Slow 
C
F6
Am7
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Wśród nocnej ciszy

Wśród nocnej ciszy głos się rozchodzi:
 Wstańcie, pasterze, Bóg się wam rodzi!
 Czym prędzej się wybierajcie,
 Do Betlejem pospieszajcie
 Przywitać Pana.

Poszli, znaleźli Dzieciątko w żłobie
 Z wszystkimi znaki danymi sobie.
 Jako Bogu cześć Mu dali,
 A witając zawołali
 Z wielkiej radości:

Ach, witaj Zbawco z dawna żądany,
 Cztery tysiące lat wyglądany
 Na Ciebie króle, prorocy
 Czekali, a Tyś tej nocy
 Nam się objawił.

I my czekamy na Ciebie, Pana,
 A skoro przyjdziesz na głos kapłana,
 Padniemy na twarz przed Tobą,
Wierząc, żeś jest pod osłoną
Chleba i wina.

In the silence of the night

In the silence of the night a voice radiates:
 Stand up, shepherds, God is born for you!
 Go as quick as you can
 To Bethlehem you hurry
 To greet the Lord.

They went, they found the sweet little child in the manger
 With all the signs given to Him.
 They venerated Him as God,
 and while greeting Him they shouted
 with great joy:

Oh, welcome Saviour, desired long ago,
 Looked out for four thousand years
 Kings, prophets awaited You,
 But You manifested yourself
 This night to us.

And we wait for You, the Lord,
 but since You come to the voice of the priest,
 We'll prostrate ourselves before You
 Believing that You're under cover of
 Bread and wine.


Lyrics, chords and video or audio samples for many more Polish Christmas Carols are listed on the main Christmas page.

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Polskie Kolędy i Pastorałki
  Kolendy ("kolędy" in Polish) and pastorałki are two types of Polish Christmas carols; kolendy are religious hymns celebrating the Nativity and pastoralki are the secular shepard's songs that also celebrate the birth of Christ but were never accepted as dogmatically accurate by the Church. Many of these songs, universally beloved for their sweet and hauntingly beautiful melodies, date back to before the 15th century and are still treasured by Poles today. If you are Polish or of Polish descent, certainly you have fond memories of singing kolendy in church during the Christmas season or perhaps listening to a family musician play them on guitar, violin or piano for your Christmas celebrations.

Kolendy, like the story of Christmas, never get old.