"Silent Night" Has Already Changed Over The Years

Saturday, December 21, 2013
The words to the song "Silent Night" has already changed over the years, perhaps multiple times.

I've always loved collecting old books. According to a 1948 Christmas book I acquired, the song "Silent Night" was first sung in 1818 on Christmas Eve at a small church in Oberndorf, Austria. It had been composed for the service only a few hours before by the priest, Joseph Mohr, and the church organist, Franz Gruber. The original words to the song were:

Silent night, holy night, Guiding star, lend thy light!
See the eastern wisemen bring Gifts and hom-age to our King!
Jesus the Savior is here! Jesus the Savior is here! 

Brenda Manghane-Washington


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