The poem It Came Upon the Midnight Clear was written in 1849 by Unitarian pastor Edmund Sears, in Wayland, Massachusetts. The lyrics of the song tell of the beautiful music played by angels in celebration of the birth of Christ. The poem was set to music in 1850 by the composer Richard Storrs Willis, a graduate of Yale and former student of Felix Mendelssohn.
Select the song image below for a printable PDF of It Came Upon a Midnight Clear. The site will soon have versions of the carol in several other keys. You can also view and print the lyrics to It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.
Tap the image of the sheet music for a full-size PDF of It Came Upon the Midnight Clear.