CAROL (Willis)

Composer: Richard Storrs Willis

Richard Storrs Willis (February 10, 1819 – May 10, 1900) was an American composer, notably of hymn music. One of his hymns is "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" (1850), with lyrics by Edmund Sears. He was also a music critic and journal editor. Willis, whose siblings included Nathaniel Parker Willis and Fanny Fern, was born on February 10, 1819, in Boston, Massachusetts. He attended Chauncey Hall, the Boston Latin School, and Yale College where he was a member of Skull and Bones in 1841. Willis then went to Germany, where he studied six years under Xavier Schnyder and Moritz Hauptmann. While there, he became a personal friend of Felix Mendelssohn. After returning to America, Willis served as music critic for the New York Tribune, The… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Richard Storrs Willis (1850)
Meter: D
Incipit: 53221 65655 67112


It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

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.

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Baptist Hymnal 1991 #93
Text: It Came upon the Midnight Clear
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Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #86
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The Cyber Hymnal #1661
Text: For unto Us a Child Is Born
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The Cyber Hymnal #3085
Text: It Came upon the Midnight Clear
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The United Methodist Hymnal #218
Text: It Came upon the Midnight Clear
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Worship and Rejoice #191
Text: It Came upon the Midnight Clear


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