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Saturday, December 21, 2013

{yuletide carols} It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

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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 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 over its Babel sounds
The bless├Ęd 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!

For lo! the days are hastening on,
By prophet-bards foretold,
When with the ever circling years
Comes round the age of gold;
When peace shall over all the earth
Its ancient splendors fling,
And the whole world send back the song
Which now the angels sing.
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Sometimes this song is sung, It Came Upon the Midnight Clear.
Sometimes we sing, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.
I caught this while typing the post's title (confusing myself for a minute) and then while entering the actual lyrics.. I left it alone so you could see.
Looking it up online; sure enough!- it is known to be sung either way.  Of course..

Which way are you most familiar - singing this carol?

Either way, I will never tire of this beloved Christmas hymn..
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** This photo was taken out of our upstairs window - one early, early morning.

3 comments:

  1. Funny you should mention that , I have always known it to be a midnight clear ! Lovely post and photo ! Thanks for sharing . Have a good weekend !

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  2. I usually sing it a midnight clear but have seen it as the midnight clear also. Actually, I sing whatever is in the hymnal. Another beautiful carol. I love the photo at the top of the post. Just lovely.

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  3. Wonderful Song and wonderful view.... loved this...

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