This Day in Christian History: December 29
December 29, 1849: The Christmas Hymn It Came Upon a Midnight Clear first published.
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear is said to have been written upon the request of Edmund's friend, William Parsons Lunt. Originally, the poem was written as a reflection on his time as a minister, but it has since become a beloved Christmas carol. It was first published in the Christian Register on December 29, 1849.
While we here in America know the song as set to the tune of Carol by Richard Willis, it is sung to a different tune in the U.K. Arthur Sullivan composed a tune known as Noel and adapted the lyrics to this melody around 1874. Here is what the tune sounds like in England.