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Hodie (Lat. ‘On this day’). Christmas cantata for mez., ten., bar., boys' vv., ch., and orch. by Vaughan Williams, comp. 1953–4, f.p. Worcester 1954, cond. composer. Orig. title This Day (Hodie), the composer preferring Hodie, which has been generally adopted. Text, selected by composer, incl. settings of words from Bible, Milton, Herbert, Hardy, Drummond, Coverdale, Ballet, and Ursula Vaughan Williams.