It came upon a Midnight Clear

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

Edmund Sears 1810-1876

Edmund Sears was a Unitarian minister that believed in the deity of Christ. In 1849 tensions were rising in America and finally lead to the civil War.

This hymn encourages us to stop and hear the angel’s message as we go through the struggles of life honoring God by striving to live in peace with each other.

Now when I hear this hymn I will remember not only the night of Christ’s birth but every night the message of the angels is “Peace on earth, Goodwill to men”.


  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 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.
  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; Oh, hush the noise, ye men of strife And hear the angels sing.

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