IT CAME UPON THE MIDNIGHT CLEAR
Scripture: Luke 2:10
Time Signature: 6/8
Hymn Status: Public Domain (This hymn is free to use for display and print)
Verse 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, goodwill to men, From heav’n’s all gracious King;” The world in solemn stillness lay To hear the angels sing.
Verse 2: Still thru the cloven skies they come With peaceful wings unfurled, And still their heav’nly music floats O’er all the weary world; Above its sad and lowly plains They bend on hov’ring wing, And ever, o’er its Babel sounds, The blessed angels sing.
Verse 3: Yet with the woes of sin and strife The world has suffered long; Beneath the angelstrain have rolled Two thousand years of wrong; And men, at war with men, hear not The lovesong which they bring: O hush the noise, ye men of strife, And hear the angels sing.
Verse 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!
Verse 5: For lo! the days are hast’ning on, By prophets seen of old, When with the evercircling years, Shall come the time foretold, When the whole heav’n and earth shall own The Prince of Peace their King, And the whole world send back the song Which now the angels sing.