Nursery Rhymes

It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

It Came Upon the Midnight Clear Lyrics and Music

The beautiful words and lyrics of this favorite hymn begin with "It came upon the midnight clear, that glorious song of old" as the first words of this famous Christmas Carol. The words and lyrics of this 'It Came Upon the Midnight Clear' hymn were written by the American author, Edmund Hamilton Sears. The wonderful music that accompanies the 'It Came Upon the Midnight Clear' Christmas Hymn were composed by Richard Storrs Willis. The author of the hymn, Edmund Hamilton Sears, was born April 6, 1810 and died January 14, 1876. The composer of the music to the 'It Came Upon the Midnight Clear' hymn, Richard Storrs Willis, was born February 10, 1819 and died May 7, 1900. We hope you enjoy the lyrics of this joyous Christmas carol.

It Came Upon the Midnight Clear Hymn
Title: It Came Upon the Midnight Clear *** Name of Composer: Richard Storrs Willis *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Edmund Hamilton Sears *** Hymns Category: Christmas Carols

Author of the Lyrics
The author of the words of the 'It Came Upon the Midnight Clear' lyrics, Edmund Hamilton Sears (April 6, 1810-January 14, 1876), was born in Sandisfield, Massachusetts and achieved fame as a hymnist and editor of the Monthly Religious Magazine.

It Came Upon the Midnight Clear Lyrics

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 heavens 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.

O 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;
Oh rest beside the weary road
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 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.

Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the music that accompanies the words of 'It Came Upon the Midnight Clear', Richard Storrs Willis (February 10, 1819-May 7, 1900), was born in Boston, Massachusetts and became famous as a music critic, editor of 'The Musical Times' (1852-1864), composer and musician.

Information about the Hymn
Title of Hymn: It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
Author of Lyrics: Edmund Hamilton Sears (April 6, 1810 to January 14, 1876)
Translator of the Hymn lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: Richard Storrs Willis (February 10, 1819 to May 7, 1900)
Hymn Category: Christmas Carols
First Line of Hymn: It came upon the midnight clear, that glorious song of old
First Publication Date: 1849

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