170. It Came upon the Midnight Clear

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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 o'er its Babel sounds
the blessed angels sing.

3 For lo, the days are hastening on,
by prophets seen of old,
when, with the ever-circling years
shall come the time foretold,
when peace shall over all the earth
its ancient splendors fling,
and the whole world give back the song
which now the angels sing.

Text Information
First Line: It came upon the midnight clear
Title: It Came upon the Midnight Clear
Author: Edmund H. Sears (1849, alt.)
Meter: C.M.D.
Scripture: Isaiah 11:9; Luke 2:8-14
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: CAROL
Composer: Richard S. Willis (1850)
Meter: C.M.D.
Key: A♭ Major



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