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It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

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

The song was publishe 1849.

The words for this American carol are based on a poem written
by a young Unitarian minister in Massachusetts,
Reverend Edmund Hamilton Sears (1810-1876),
reportedly at the request of his friend and fellow minister, W.P. Lunt.
It was first presented at his 1849 Sunday School Christmas celebration
and was originally published on December 29, 1849 in a church magazine,
The Christian Register.
The poem was not the first Christmas poetry by Sears;
he had written other Nativity lyrics
and several books on religious topics.
In addition, he was the editor for the Boston-based
Monthly Religious Magazine from 1859 to 1871.

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 over its Babel sounds

The blessèd 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 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.
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!
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.

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Josh Groban

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Judy Garland

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Patti Page

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"When you hear music, after it's over, it's gone in the air.
You can never capture it again. "

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