Lyrics and Information
Words by Piae Cantiones, trans. Jane M. JosephTune: M. J by Piae Cantiones, arr. Gustav HolstKey signature: D major (2 sharps)Meter: 188.8.131.52.6 with RefrainPublic Domain1. 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: Ideo, ideo, ideo, 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.