Our Christmas Carol Contest has slowed way down today, so let me try to give it a jump.
On This Day Earth Shall Ring was first sung in the 14th century, Geoffrey Chaucer’s time, when it had Latin lyrics and was called Personent Hodie. Here we have it sung by the St. Malachy College Choir in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Turn up the volume for this one! You’ll be glad you did.
Indulge me as I post a Christmas carol outside the Christmas season: Personent Hodie, performed by the Loyola Academy Honors Chamber Singers. First published in 1360–that’s why they’re singing it in Latin. Hint: Turn up the volume. Anyway, this is the song that’s been in my mind the past few days, and I reckon God put it there for a reason.
Besides–is there any bad day to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ Our Lord and Savior?
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.