The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Clear Upon The Night Air Sounding

Words: Unknown

Music: Rev. J. S. B. Hodges, D. D.
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF

Source: Carol 397, Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir), 1916

1. Clear upon the night air sounding,
Sweetly echoing o’er the plain,
Full the angel voice announcing
"Christ is born in Bethlehem."
Clearer, sweeter, swelled the chorus
From the angel host around,
"Glory, glory, in the highest
And on earth good will abound."

Chorus

As the angels sang we sing, [1]
Glory to the new-born King,
And our song we’ll never cease,
Glory to the Prince of Peace!
Glory to the Prince of Peace!

2. Prophets told the wondrous story
Of the future King and Lord,
Who from upper realms of glory
Should descend our Light and Word.
But they knew not all His brightness,
Now the fullness of His grace,
Could not join the heav’nly chorus,
Nor the song of triumph raise. Chorus

3. We who know the loving Saviour,
Who have found the lasting peace;
Who have heard His voice celestial
Bidding all our sorrows cease;
We can raise the song of triumph,
With th’ angelic host proclaim,
"Glory, glory in the highest!
Christ is born in Bethlehem." Chorus

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Notes:

1. Following the third verse, substitute "As" with "And." Return

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Sheet Music from Charles L. Hutchins

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Sheet Music by Rev. J. S. Hodges, D. D., from Rev. Richard R. Chope, Carols For Use In Church (London: William Clowes & Sons, 1894), Carol #71

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