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CALM ON THE LISTENING EAR OF NIGHT (John Bacchus Dykes, 1866 / Edmund Hamilton Sears, 1834) 1. Calm on the listening ear of night Come heaven's melodious strains, Where wild Judea stretch'ed far Her silver mantled plains. 2. Celestial choirs from courts above Shed sacred glories there; And angels, with their sparkling lyres, Make music on the air. 3. The answering hills of Palestine Send back the glad reply; And greet, from all their holy heights, The Dayspring from on high. 4. O'er the blue depths of Galilee There comes a holier calm, And Sharon waves, in solemn praise, Her silent groves of palm. 5. "Glory to God!" the lofty strain The realm of ether fills; How sweeps the song of solemn joy O'er Judah's sacred hills! 6. "Glory to God!" the sounding skies Loud with their anthems ring, "Peace to the earth, good will to men, From heaven's eternal King!" 7. Light on thy hills, Jerusalem! The Savior now is born: More bright on Bethlehem's joyous plains Breaks the first Christmas morn. 8. This day shall Christian tongues be mute, And Christian hearts be cold? O catch the anthem that from heaven O'er Judah's mountains rolled. 9. When burst upon that listening night The high and solemn lay, "Glory to God; on earth be peace." Salvation comes today. (Contributed by Ferda Dolunay - November 2005)

    


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