In the Lonely Midnight

SATB, piano

Theodore Chickering Williams' elegant stanzas, as sung to the hymn tune Lyndhurst, were well known in the late 19th and early 20th century. This graceful new setting of Williams' classic poem reflects the poignancy of the lyrics, with all their darkness, warmth and hope for our time.

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Commissioned By: 
American Composers Forum Faith Partners Program
Premiere Ensemble: 
Choir of Watertown Evangelical Free Church (Watertown, MN)
Premiere Conductor: 
Merijo Strandquist

Watertown Evangelical Free Church - Merijo Strandquist, conductor (Watertown, MN) * Premiere
Arlington Street Church - Mark Buckles, conductor (Boston, MA)
First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati - Jera Cox, conductor (Cincinnati, OH)
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Des Moines - Moira Leu, conductor (Des Moines, IA)

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Theodore Chickering Williams

In the Lonely Midnight

Poem by Theodore Chickering Williams

In the lonely midnight on the wintry hill,
Shepherds heard the angels singing, “Peace, good will.”
Listen, O ye weary, to the angels’ song,
Unto to you the tidings of great joy belong.

Though in David’s city angels sing no more,
Love makes angel music on earth’s darkest shore;
Though no heavenly glory meet your wondering eyes,
Love can make your dwelling bright as paradise.

Though the Child of Mary, sent from heaven on high,
In His manger cradle may no longer lie,
Love is King forever, though the proud world scorn;
If ye truly seek Him, Christ your King is born.