It Came upon the Midnight Clear

Though I love the message of the text, this was never one of my favorite Christmas songs because of the harmonies I was accustomed to hearing in it. This arrangement is different. The piano part is simple and rolling. There is a lovely soprano/alto duet on verse two where the altos get the melody—hooray for the altos, and have fun getting your sopranos to read music! It’s great practice for them. Note the melodic changes and enjoy!

Voicings: SATB, SA
Accompaniment: Piano
Topics: Christmas

Lyrics: Edmund H. Sears
Music: Richard S. Willis
Arranged: Rachel P. Mohlman


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.

Still thru 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.

For lo! The days are hast’ning on, By prophets seen of old,
When with the ever-circling years Shall come the time foretold,
When the new heav’n and earth shall own The Prince of Peace their King,
And the whole world send back the song Which now the angels sing.
And the whole world send back the song Which now the angels sing.