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On This Day Earth Shall Ring

The United Methodist Hymnal Number 248
Text: Piae Cantiones; trans. by Jame M. Joseph
Music: Melody from Piae Cantiones; arr. by Gustav Holst
Tune: PERSONENT HODIE, Meter: 666.66 with Refrain

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.

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