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It Came Upon The Midnight Clear

Willis, Richard Storrs (1819-1900)

It Came Upon The Midnight Clear is a beautiful Christmas hymn (Intermediate)!   

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Includes : One solo score (2 pages)

Difficulty level : Grade 4/12

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Program Notes on It Came Upon The Midnight Clear by Willis :

It Came Upon The Midnight Clear is a Christmas carol.

The lyrics were written by Edmund Hamilton Sears (1810-1876) and first published in the Christian Register in 1849.

The melody is entitled Carol and was composed by Richard Storrs Willis (1819-1900) in 1850.

The source for this score is : Charles L. Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916), carol no. 607.

This score is an Urtext reproduction of Hutchins' work.

For your greater enjoyment, this sheet music includes the lyrics in English (four verses).



Sources :

Richard Storrs Willis, Hymns.




Associated collections :

Christmas Sheet Music for Piano (Intermediate)    

Sheet music details :

IT CAME UPON THE MIDNIGHT CLEAR

(Christmas Carol - Christmas Hymn)
ComposerWillis, Richard Storrs (1819-1900) Opus/catalog number
MovementsChristmas Carol Composition/First publication19th century
InstrumentationPiano StyleHymns & Worship
KeyB flat Major Duration00:34 per verse
EditionUrtext (ed. M.A. Caux) DifficultyGrade 4/12



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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 heav'n'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. 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.

4. 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.

5. For lo, the days are hastening on,
By prophet bards foretold,
When, with the ever-circling years,
Shall come the Age of Gold;
When peace shall over all the earth
Its ancient splendours fling,
And all the world give back the song
Which now the angels sing.


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