It Came upon the Midnight Clear

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Words: Edmund H. Sears
Music:  Richard S. Willis

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, goodwill 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 has suffered long;
Beneath the angel-strain have rolled
Two thousand years of wrong;
And men at war with men, hear 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 prophets seen of old,
When with the ever-circling years,
Shall come the time foretold,
When the whole heaven and earth shall own
The Prince of Peace their King,
And the whole world send back the song
Which now the angels sing.

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