"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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TSWA Announces All-State Softball Teams

 The Tennessee Sports Writers Association has announced its all-state high school softball teams for 2015. Local selections include: AAA - Kayla Boseman (Fr), Ooltewah and Hallie Davis (Sr), Walker Valley; AA - Kaili Crawley (Fr) of Central; A - McKenna Morgan (Jr), Sale Creek; and, Division II-AA - Lauren Lewis (Sr), Kayla Hughes (Sr) and Cheyenne Lindsey (Fr) of Baylor.  ... (click for more)