211. It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

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 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 load,
And hear the angels sing.

3 For lo, the days are hastening on,
By prophet seen of old,
When, with the ever-circling years,
Shall come the time foretold,
When the new heaven and earth shall own
The Prince of Peace their King,
And the whole world send 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
Language: English
Publication Date: 1982
Topic: Christmas
Tune Information
Name: [It came upon the midnight clear]
Composer: Richard S. Willis
Key: A♭ Major

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