"It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” missing verse But 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: O hush the noise, ye men of strife, And hear the angels sing! — Edmund Hamilton Sears, written in the context of the social strife that plagued the country during the approaching Civil War