Behind The Hymn: It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

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    It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” is a poem and Christmas carol written by Edmund Sears, pastor of the Unitarian Church in Wayland, Massachusetts. Sears’ lyrics are most commonly set to one of two melodies: “Carol,” composed by Richard Storrs Willis, or “Noel,” adapted from an English melody.

    The lyrics are ones that  harken to what the shepherds would have seen

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