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"You hold onto religion, you know, rules, regulations, traditions. I think what God is interested in is people's hearts, and that's hard enough." — Bono

The Darkest Midnight Lyrics

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The darkest midnight in December
No snow, nor hail, nor winter storm
Shall hinder us for to remember
The babe that on this night was born

With shepherds we are come to see
This lovely infant’s glorious charms
Born of a maid as prophets said
The God of love in Mary's arms

Ye blessed angels join our voices
Let your gilded wings beat fluttering o’er
While every soul set free rejoices
And everyone must adore

We'll sing and pray that God is always
May our friends and family defend
God grant us grace in all our days
A merry Christmas and a happy end

We'll sing and pray that God always
May our friends and family defend
God grant us grace in all our days
A merry Christmas and a happy end

(Bono recites this classic Irish hymn on the Michael W. Smith album The Spirit Of Christmas)