A stirring traditional French carol, arranged here with harmonies. The first verse of both the French and English lyrics are included, as well as chord symbols for accompanists. This version was sourced from The New Oxford Book of Carols and is set in the key of A-modal (Dorian).
[NB: This melody requires the nontraditional note C-natural. This can be played on conically-bored chanters —e.g. Highland and Border pipes— with a ‘cross-‘ or ‘forked’ fingering pattern. On cylindrically-bored chanters without custom features —e.g. standard smallpipe chanters— you may need to apply a piece of tuning tape over the top 80% of the C soundhole.]
This is one of over 100 carols printed in the collection, On This Day Earth Shall Ring.
An audio sample, featuring Scottish smallpipes (D-chanter, with tuning tape flattening the written C). The harmony part can be heard on the repeat, approximately halfway through the track: