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It Came Upon The Midnight Clear

There is no more beautiful Christmas carol, and few contain a more complete message of the hope we find in Jesus Christ.

Melly's tree.
Photo by Jennifer Weber 2009


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 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 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.


~by Edmund Sears


And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:8-11)

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