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Midnight Clear

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Published on Nov 21, 2011

Hand-painted movie for new re-working of old Christmas Carol - words by EH Sears 1849, tune 'Noel', traditional English melody. Arranged, performed and painted by Ed Muirhead. Hand-prints by Molly, age 3.

Taken from the Tattie Records release 'Like Like Unlike'
http://tattierecords.com/like
http://edmuirhead.bandcamp.com/track/...

About 1-hour of hand-painting footage was squeezed into 4 minutes to help illustrate the words which still ring true today.

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, goodwill to men from heaven's all- gracious King!"
The world in solemn stillness lay to hear the angels sing.

Still through the cloven skies they come, with peaceful wings unfurled;
And still their heavenly music floats o'er all the weary world:
Above its sad and lowly plains they bend on hovering wing,
And ever o'er its Babel sounds the blessed angels sing.

Yet with the woes of sin and strife the world has suffered long,
Beneath the angel-strain have rolled two thousand years of wrong;
And man at war with man hears not the love-song which they bring:
Oh hush the noise ye men of strife, and 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 splendours fling,
And the whole world send back the song which now the angels sing.

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