It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

Richard Storrs Willis

It Came Upon the Midnight Clear - Richard Storrs Willis
String quartet arrangement of "It Came upon the Midnight Clear", which is an 1849 poem and Christmas carol written by Edmund Sears, pastor of the Unitarian Church in Wayland, Massachusetts. In 1850, Sears' lyrics were set to "Carol", a tune written for the poem the same year at his request, by Richard Storrs Willis. This arrangement remains the most popular in the United States, while in Commonwealth countries, the lyrics are set to "Noel", a later adaptation by Arthur Sullivan from an English melody.

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