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It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

Sullivan, Sir Arthur Seymour (1842-1900)

Sullivan's beautiful sacred song arranged for the violin (Intermediate)!   

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Includes : One solo score (1 page)

Difficulty level : Grade 4/12

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Program Notes on It Came Upon the Midnight Clear by Sullivan :

Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan adapted the melody of the first four lines of this Christmas carol from an old tune, and composed the melody of the remaining four lines.

The lyrics were written in 1849 by Edward Hamilton Sears (1810-1876).

This carol was first published in Church Hymns with Tunes in 1874.

This score is an arrangement for violin solo.

It is to be played in the first three positions.

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

You might also be interested in another version of this hymn by Richard Storrs Willis.



Sources :

Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan, Five Sacred Part Songs (1871).




Associated collections :

Christmas Music for Violin Solo (Intermediate)    

Sheet music details :

IT CAME UPON THE MIDNIGHT CLEAR

(From the Five Sacred Part Songs (1871))
ComposerSullivan, Sir Arthur Seymour (1842-1900) Opus/catalog numberNo. 1
MovementsModerato Composition/First publicationPublished 1871
InstrumentationViolin solo StyleRomantic (1815-1910)
KeyF Major Duration00:40 per verse
EditionArranged by 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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