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 heaven’s all-gracious King."
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing.
2 Still through the cloven skies they come
with peaceful wings unfurled,
and still their heavenly music floats
oe’r all the weary world;
above its sad and lowly plains
they bend on hovering wing,
and ever oe’r its Babel sounds
the blessed angels sing.
3 And ye, beneath life’s crushing load,
whose forms are bending low,
who toil along the climbing way
with painful steps and slow,
look now! for glad and golden hours
come swiftly on the wing:
O rest beside the weary road
and hear the angels sing.
4 For lo, the days are hastening on
by prophets seen of old,
when with the evercircling years
shall come the time foretold,
when the new heaevn and earth shall own
the Prince of Peace their King,
and the whole world send back the song
which now the angels sing.