Advent Hymnals

390. THAT SONG OF OLD

Christ in Song,

1.
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.

2.
Still thro' the open skies they come,
With peaceful wing 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.

3.
But 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 cease, ye mortals, cease your strife,
And hear the angels sing!


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Title That Song of Old
Key B♭ Major
Titles undefined
First Line It came upon the midnight clear
Author E. H. Sears
Year 1908
Composer R. S. Willis
Hymnal -
Tune CAROL
Metrical pattern
# Stanzas
Chorus
Chorus Type
Subjects Special Occasions: Christmas
Texts undefined
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Scripture Song
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