Edmund Sears

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Edmund Hamilton Sears (1810-1876) was a Unitarian parish minister and author who wrote a number of theological works influencing 19th century liberal Protestants. Sears is known today primarily as the man who penned the words to "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear" in 1849.


  • Calm on the listening ear of night
    Come Heaven’s melodious strains,
    Where wild Judea stretches far
    Her silver-mantled plains.
    • Christmas Song.
  • For lo! the days are hastening on,
    By prophet-bards foretold,
    When with the ever-circling years,
    Comes round the age of gold;
    When Peace shall over all the earth
    Its ancient splendors fling
    And the whole world send back the song
    Which now the angels sing.

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