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On This Day Earth Shall Ring

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On This Day Earth Shall Ring

words: "Personent Hodie" from Piae Cantiones, 1582
translated by Jane M. Joseph (1894-1929)

  1. On this day earth shall ring
    with the song children sing
    to the Lord, Christ our King,
    born on earth to save us;
    him the Father gave us.

    Id-e-o-o-o, id-e-o-o-o,
    Id-e-o gloria in excelsis Deo!

  2. His the doom, ours the mirth;
    when he came down to earth,
    Bethlehem saw his birth;
    ox and ass beside him
    from the cold would hide him.

  3. God's bright star, o'er his head,
    Wise Men three to him led;
    kneel they low by his bed,
    lay their gifts before him,
    praise him and adore him.

  4. On this day angels sing;
    with their song earth shall ring,
    praising Christ, heaven's King,
    born on earth to save us;
    peace and love he gave us.