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It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

About the Song
Words: Edmund H. Sears Music: Traditional German (Ellacombe) Arranged by Sally DeFord and James Loynes The traditional hymn tune Ellacombe has been used for many different hymns over the years, including #41 in the 1985 LDS hymnbook. It’s an upbeat, triumphant melody that fits the spirit of these words perfectly. The arrangement itself is probably best suited to a large choir. Don’t be fooled by the “easier” piano–this isn’t an easy one to play. Arranging this was very much like arranging “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night”–an indulgence in musical enjoyment. The “Good Christian Men Rejoice” lines begged us to use them as a counterpoint, so we did. The flute score can be used with either choir score, or the solo score. It’s very repetitive and there’s not much there. It was written just for accent in the recording, but enough of you asked for it that I’ve made it available. The scores are written with fairly straight rhythms–you’ll notice that James sings them a bit more syncopated. Play with it and enjoy!
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Lyrics

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 earth, good will 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
O’er its sad and lowly plain
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 heav’ns and earth shall own
The Prince of Peace, their King
And all the world send back the song
Which now the angels sing

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