The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

On This Day Earth Shall Ring

Version 2

Words: Personet Hodie from Piae Cantiones, 1582
Translator Unknown

On This Day Earth Shall Ring
by Jane M. Joseph
The Boys Carol by Elizabeth Poston
and Let The Song be Begun by John Mason Neale

Music: "Personent hodie," 1582
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / XML
Meter: 666 66 with Refrain

1. On this day earth shall ring with the song children sing
Praising the young King, who was born to save us
And the maiden who brought Him forth to save us.

2. His the doom, ours the mirth, when he came to earth,
Bethlehem saw his birth, ox and ass beside him,
He came to vanquish the Prince of Darkness.

3. God's bright star o'er his head, Wise men come seeking Him,
They kneel and lay their gifts beside Him and adore Him,
They offer gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Ideo! Glory to God in the highest!


This is one of many songs which relate to the Holy Innocents, whose feast day is December 28. For more, please see The Hymns Of The Holy Innocents.

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