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Christmas Countdown (Five Days!)

It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (1849) is one of my favorites, though it doesn't seem to end up on Christmas albums very often.

It came upon the midnight clear

I find the third verse to be particularly poignant:

All ye beneath life's crushing loadWhose forms are bending lowWho toil along the climbing wayWith painful steps and slow

Look now for glad and golden hoursCome swiftly on the wingO rest beside the weary roadAnd hear the angels singAnd hear the angels sing

Text: Edmund Sears

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