A Christmas carol

Calm on the listening ear of night, by Edmund H. Sears

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Calm on the listening ear of night

Calm on the listening ear of night
Come heaven's melodious strains,
Where wild Judea stretches far
Her silver-mantled plains.
 
The answering hills of Palestine
Send back the glad reply;
And greet, from all their holy heights,
The Dayspring from on high.
 
O'er the blue depths of Galilee
There comes a holier calm,
And Sharon waves, in solemn praise,
Her silent groves of palm.
 
"Glory to God!" the sounding skies
Loud with their anthems ring,
"Peace to the earth; good will to men,
From heaven's eternal King!"
 
Light on thy hills, Jerusalem!
The Saviour now is born,
And bright on Bethlehem's joyous plains
Breaks the first Christmas morn. 


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