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Philip Brooks, a
priest, was inspired in 1865 when he was visiting the town of Bethlehem.
Three years later, he wrote the poem for his church and his organist,
Lewis Redner, added the music.
|O little town of
How still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by;
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee to-night.
For Christ is born of Mary,
How silently, how silently,
Where children pure and happy
O holy Child of Bethlehem!