by John W. Snyder

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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.
et de vir, vir, vir
et de vir, vir, vir
et de virgineo ventre procreatus.

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.
Perdidit, dit, dit,
perdidit, dit, dit,
perdidit spolia princeps infernorum.

On this day angels sing;
with their song earth shall ring,
praising Christ, heaven's King,
 born on earth to save us;
Ideo, o, o,
ideo, o, o,
ideo gloria in excelsis Deo.

Masters in this Hall,
Hear ye news to-day
Brought from over sea,
And ever I you pray:
Nowell! Nowell! Nowell!
Nowell, sing we clear!
Holpen are all the folk on earth,
Born the son of God so dear:

Christ the Lord is born
Masters be ye glad!
Christmas is come in,
And no folk should be sad:
Nowell! Nowell! Nowell!
Nowell, sing we loud
God to-day hath poor folk raised
And cast a-down the proud.


released December 25, 2016
arranging & producing - John W. Snyder
tenor - Damon Cole
toms & snare - Michael Schlotter
strings - Sofia Session Orchestra
piano - John W. Snyder

mix - Andy Hay
master - Thomas Dimuzio

piano engineer - Dylan Shyka
toms & snare engineer - Laurence Schwarz
special thanks - Joe Trapanese

"Personent Hodie"
original medival song transcription - Jaakko Suomalainen
English translation - Jane M. Joseph, with adaptations by the arranger

"Nowell, Sing We Clear"
original tune - Marin Marais
English lyrics - William Morris, with adaptations by the arranger


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John W. Snyder is a composer and pianist in Los Angeles.

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