IT CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR

IT CAME UPON A 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 CLOVERN SKIES THEY COME,
WITH PEACEFUL WINGS UNFURLED.
AND STILL, THEIR HEAVENLY MUSIC FLOATS O’ER ALLTHE WEARY WORLD:
ABOVE ITS SAD AND LOWLY PLAINS THEY BEND ON HOVERING WING,
AND EVER O’ER ITS BABEL SOUNDS THE BLESSED ANGELS SING.
AND YE, BENEATH LIFE’S CRUSHING LOAD,
WHOSE FORMS ARE BENDING LOW.
WHO TOIL ALONG THE CLIMBING WAY WITH PAINFUL STEPS AND LOW.
LOOK NOW! FOR GLAD AND GOLDEN HOURS CAN SWIFTLY ON THE WING;
O REST BESIDE THE WEARY LOAD AND HEAR THE ANGELS SING.
FOR LO, THE DAYS HASTENING ON BY PROPHETS BARDS FORETOLD
WHEN WITH THE EVER CIRCLING YEARS COMES ROUND THE AGE OF GOLD;
WHEN PEACE SHALL OVER ALL THE EARTH ITS ANCIENT SPLENDORS FLING,
AND THE WHOLE WORLD GIVE BACK THE SONG WHICH NOW THE ANGELS SING.