‘Personent Hodie’ (Old, Old Christmas Carol)

I didn’t know what this was going to be, but then I heard the first few bars and realized that we have this carol in English as On This Day Earth Shall Win. The creche is still up, across the street, and I’m still posting Christmas music.

Personent Hodie was published in Finland in 1582, but the melody is found in a German hymnal from 1360. Joan of Arc, Henry V, Richard II haven’t been born yet. But Jesus Christ has.

Performed the old-fashioned way by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band.

One comment on “‘Personent Hodie’ (Old, Old Christmas Carol)”

  1. Lee, I just discovered something. Listening to Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band while looking at the ancient image really makes it easy to feel you are back there in the 15th century listening to a typical band of the time.

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