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It Came Upon The Midnight Clear Hymn Arrangement Publication Details

  Catalogue Number -
PEL5031 SATB
English Tune "Noel"

Voicing/Instrumentation -
SATB Choir and Organ

Level of Difficulty - Easy

Uses/Season - Christmas Concert, Hymn/Anthem
Duration -
3:30 mins

Pages Music - 5 pages
8 page booklet
Format -
SATB/organ choral octavo

Copyright Year - 2013

Perusal Score PDF SATB Perusal
 

Description/Remarks

The musical foundation of this title is Arthur Sullivan's 1874 arrangement of the tune "Noel", the traditional English melody for this text by Rev. E. H. Sears (1849). However, with the addition of Paul Halley's signature harmonies, inventive organ accompaniment, and glorious descant, this version will become your choir and congregation's new favorite.

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Youtube Sound Clip  ◙♫

Live recording of Paul Halley, director and organist, with the Chapel Choir of the University of King's College, Halifax, and the congregation at A King's Christmas 2013
 

 

 

 
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  Text
It came Upon The Midnight Clear
Words by Rev. E. H. Sears 1849
 

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


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