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248. On This Day Earth Shall Ring

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. 
Refrain:
	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. 
	(Refrain) 

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. 
	(Refrain) 

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. 
	(Refrain) 

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