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It Came Upon The Midnight Clear - Paul Halley
Hymn Arrangement - Publication Details

  Catalogue Number -
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 music
8 page booklet
Format -
SATB/organ choral octavo

Copyright Year - 2013

Perusal Score PDF
SATB pgs 1-2 of 5


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.


Youtube video of this music on the University of King's College Chapel Choir channel - Paul Halley, director. "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear" arr. Halley, first hymn from live recording of 'A King's Christmas 2016' - starts at 0:04:20 - three-and-a half minutes to 0:07:45.

Sound Clip 
Not yet recorded/released
Listen to live recording of "A King's Christmas 2016" performance below on youtube.



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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.

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.