It Came Upon the Midnight Clear Traditional Christmas Carol
words; E.H.Sears (1810-1876), music: R.S.Willis. (1819-1900)
In 3/4 time, a triumphant waltz
It [C]came u-[F]pon the [C]midnight clear
That [F]glorious [D7]song of [G7]old,
From [C]angels [F]bending [C]near the earth
To [F]touch their [G7]harps of [C]gold:
"Peace [E7]on the earth, good [Am]will to men,
From [G]heav'ns all [D7]gracious [G]King." [G7]
The [C]world in [F]solemn [C]stillness lay
To [F]hear the [G7]angels [C]sing.
. . .
Still [C]through the [F]cloven [C]skies they come
with [F]peaceful [D7]wings un-[G7]furled
and [C]still their [F]heavenly [C]music floats
o'er [F]all the [G7]weary [C]world;
a-[E7]bove its sad and [Am]lowly plains
they [G]bend on [D7]hovering [G]wing. [G7]
and [C]ever [F]o'er its [C]Babel-sounds
the [F]blessed [G7]angels [C]sing.
. . .
Yet [C]with the [F]woes of [C]sin and strife
the [F]world has [D7]suffered [G7]long;
be-[C]neath the [F]heavenly [C]hymn have rolled
two [F]thousand [G7]years of [C]wrong;
and [E7]warring human-[Am]kind hears not
the [G]tidings [D7]which they [G]bring; [G7]
O [C]hush the [F]noise and [C]cease your strife
and [F]hear the [G7]angels [C]sing!
. . .
For [C]lo! the [F]days are [C]hastening on,
by [F]prophets [D7]seen of [G7]old,
when [C]with the [F]ever [C]circling years
shall [F]come the [G7]time fore-[C]told,
when [E7]peace shall over [Am]all the earth
its [G]ancient [D7]splendors [G]fling,
and [C]all the [F]world give [C]back the song
which [F]now the [G7]angels [C]sing.
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The lines with C F C in them could have an extra F and then a C. Like the first line...It came upon a midnight clear. C on mid, F on night, and then a C on clear.