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It Came Upon A Midnight Clear


(1859)

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The Christmas song "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear" is unique among carols of its time in that it does not mention the birth of Jesus at all.  It seems Sears wrote the hymn more, in part, as a protest song against the looming U.S. Civil War.  ("And man, at war with man, hears not, the love song which they bring.  O hush the noise, ye men of strife, And hear the angels sing.")

Who wroteIt Came Upon A Midnight Clear?


Words written by:  Edmund Hamilton Sears
Music composed by:  Richard Storss Willis

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It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

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1859
Words:  Edmund Hamilton Sears   Music:  Richard Storss Willis

It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

It came upon the midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth,
To touch their harps of gold!
Peace on the earth, good will to men,
From heaven's all gracious King!
The world in solemn stillness lay,
To hear the angels sing.

Still through the cloven skies they come,
With peaceful wings unfurled,
And still their heavenly music floats,
O'er all the weary world;
Above its sad and lowly plains,
They bend on hovering wing.
And ever o'er its Babel sounds,
The blessed angels sing.

Yet with the woes of sin and strife,
The world hath suffered long;
Beneath the angel-strain have rolled,
Two thousand years of wrong;
And man, at war with man, hears not,
The love song which they bring:
O hush the noise, ye men of strife,
And hear the angels sing.

For lo! the days are hastening on,
By prophet bards foretold,
When, with the ever-circling years,
Shall come the Age of Gold;
When peace shall over all the earth,
Its ancient splendors fling,
And all the world give back the song,
Which now the angels sing

 
 
 


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