It Came Upon The Midnight Clear

Written by: Arthur Seymour Sullivan, Edmund Hamilton Sears

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Original Key: D


Verse 1:
    D        Bm7    Em7         Asus4
It came up – on the mid – night clear,
 A    D/F♯        G       Asus4    A
That  glor - ious song of old,
     F♯m7        Bm7         Em   D/G    A
From an  -  gels ben  - ding near the   earth
   D           D/G    A    Dsus4    D
To touch their harps  of   gold:
      F♯sus4      F♯           Bm
'Peace on    the earth, good – will  to men
      A/C♯        D     Esus4   Asus4    A
From heav'n's all gra – cious   King!'
    F♯m7      B         Em7     D/G     A
The world  in sol - emn still – ness    lay
   D         D/G   A   Dsus4   D
To hear the  an – gels sing.
Verse 2:
      D           Bm7       Em7        Asus4
Still through the clov - en skies they come,
A     D/F♯        G            Asus4   A
With  peace - ful wings un  -  furled,
    F♯m7        Bm7         Em   D/G    A
And still their heaven - ly mu - sic    floats
     D       D/G   A    Dsus4   D
O'er all the wea - ry   world:
    F♯sus4     F♯      Bm
A - bove  it's sad and low - ly plains
     A/C♯    D       Esus4   Asus4    A
They bend on hov  -  ering   wing,
    F♯m7       B    Em7    D/G    A
And ever  o'er its  Ba  -  bel  sounds
    D           D/G   A   D
The bles - sed  an - gels sing.
Verse 3:
    D       Bm7      Em7      Asus4
Yet wi - th woes of  sin and  strife
 A  D/F♯      G           Asus4   A
The world has suff - ered long,
     F♯m7      Bm7         Em    D/G    A
Be - neath the an  -  gel-strain have  rolled
    D        D/G    A   Dsus4    D
Two thousand years  of  wrong;
    F♯sus4    F♯       Bm
And man,   at war with man, hears not
    A/C♯        D    Esus4   Asus4    A
The love  song which they    bring:
  F♯m7      B         Em7  D   A
O hush  the noise, ye men  of strife,
     D        D/G   A    Dsus4  D
And hear the  an -  gels sing.
Verse 4:
    D       Bm7      Em7          Asus4
For lo! The days are haste - ning on,
A   D/F♯       G            Asus4   A
By  prop - het bards fore - told,
     F♯m7      Bm7    Em      D/G    A
When with  the ever - cir  -  cling  years
      D         D/G    A   Dsus4   D
Comes round the age    of  gold;
     F♯sus4       F♯    Bm
When peace  shall over  all  the earth
    A/C♯         D         Esus4    Asus4   A
Its anc  -  ient splen  -  dours    fling,
    F♯m7      B         Em7   D   A
And all  the world send back the song
      D       D/G     A    D
Which now the an  -  gels sing. 

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.

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 blessèd angels sing.

Yet with 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.

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 all the world send back the song
Which now the angels sing.

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