This day Christ was born (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2021-12-09)  CPDL #67089:        (LilyPond)
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2021-12-09).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 109 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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  • (Posted 2021-03-13)  CPDL #63450:      
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-03-13).   Score information: A4, 12 pages, 183 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: A bar-less edition of the anthem. Note values halved.
  • (Posted 2017-07-04)  CPDL #45277:        
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2017-07-04).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 100 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of #6983. Transposed down a major 2nd and note values halved.
  • (Posted 2004-05-10)  CPDL #06983:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2004-05-10).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 142 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised 11/08.
Note that the proportion between time-signatures C and 3 in this edition are correct, as shown by conflicts between the different signatures in different parts.
  • (Posted 2002-10-25)  CPDL #04122:         
Editor: Steve Sanders (submitted 2002-10-25).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 140 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
Error.gif Possible error(s) identified. Error summary: Proportions between different time-signatures See the discussion page for full description.

General Information

Title: This Day Christ Was Born
Composer: William Byrd
Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSAATB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1611 in Psalmes, Songs, and Sonnets, no. 27

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Original text and translations

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This day Christ was borne,
this day our Saviour did appeare,
This day the Angels sing in earth,
the Archangels are glad.
This day the just rejoyce, saying:
Glory be to God on high. Alleluia.