Edmund Sears

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"Peace on the earth, good will to man
From Heaven’s all gracious King."
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing.

Edmund Hamilton Sears (18101876) 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.

Quotes[edit]

  • Death is a stage in human progress, to be passed as we would pass from childhood to youth, or from youth to manhood, and with the same consciousness of an everlasting nature.
    • Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 177.
  • Calm on the listening ear of night
    Come Heaven’s melodious strains,
    Where wild Judea stretches far
    Her silver-mantled plains.
    • Christmas Song, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • It came upon the midnight clear,
    That glorious song of old,
    From Angels bending near the earth
    To touch their harps of gold;
    "Peace on the earth, good will to man
    From Heaven’s all gracious King."
    The world in solemn stillness lay
    To hear the angels sing.
  • 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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