It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - American Children's Songs - The USA - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image

Notes

Written by Edmund Sears as a poem in 1849.

There are two tunes for this song as follows:
The 1st tune is called "Carol" and was written by American Richard Storrs Willis in 1850. This tune is most popular in the USA.
The 2nd tune is called "Noel" and was adapted by Englishman Arthur Sullivan in 1874 from an English Melody.

Listen

You can hear the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th verses sung in the recording below.

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MP3: Performed by Paul Vinson Brown.

You can hear the full song in the recording below.

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MP3: Performed by Kristin Hughes.

Here are the lyrics for the rendition below:

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.

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!

"Peace on the earth, goodwill to men,
From heaven's all-gracious King."
The world in solemn stillness lay,
To hear the angels sing,
To hear the angels sing,
To hear the angels sing.

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MP3: Performed by Ryan DeRamos.

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Image: The San Giobbe Altarpiece Detail of Music Making Angels, Giovanni Bellini, Italy, 1480.

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