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It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (tune: Carol)

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It Came Upon The Midnight Clear

words by Edmund H. Sears, 1849

  1. 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.

  2. 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 over its Babel sounds
    The blessèd angels sing.

  3. 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 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.

  1. And ye, beneath life's crushing load,
    Whose forms are bending low,
    Who toil along the climbing way
    With painful steps and slow,
    Look now! for glad and golden hours
    Come swiftly on the wing.
    O rest beside the weary road,
    And hear the angels sing!

  2. For lo! the days are hastening on,
    By prophet-bards foretold,
    When with the ever circling years
    Comes round the age of gold;
    When peace shall over all the earth
    Its ancient splendors fling,
    And the whole world send back the song
    Which now the angels sing.