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RHYMES AND REASONS
A Near Silent Night
The bicentennial of the world's most beloved carol

by Greg Asimakoupoulos
December 24, 2018

In 1818 Joseph Mohr
a rural parish priest
wrote lyrics for his church on Christmas Eve.
His simple words recalled a night
when Jesus Christ was born,
But sadly Pastor Mohr had cause to grieve.

The organ in his church broke down.
His words would have no tune.
This holy night would lack a joyful sound.
But then Franz Gruber had a thought
that brought Mohr's words to life.
A Christmas Eve solution had been found.

Two hundred years ago this day
Mohr's organist came through
by strumming chords upon his old guitar.
That's how this carol (we love more
than others) came to be.
And Silent Night is still the best by far.




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