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Ding Dong Merrily on high


R. Mather


French 16th Century melody adapted by G.R. Woodward.


Ding dong! merrily on high,
in heav'n the bells are ringing:
Ding dong! verily the sky
is riv'n with angel singing.

Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis!
Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis!

E'en so here below, below,
let steeple bells be swungen,
and "io, io, io!"
by priest and people sungen.

Pray you, dutifully prime
your matin chime, ye ringers;
May you beautifully rime
your evetime song, ye singers.

NB the "I" of "io, io, io," is pronounced "e" ("eo, eo, eo").


Ding Dong 1 - arr Mather

Ding Dong 2 - arr Mather

Ding Dong 1 - arr Mather

Ding Dong 2 - arr Mather

Created 15-Sep-08 Revised 06-Jul-13

"Ding Dong! Merrily On High", arranged by Dr Mack Wilberg

Other Arrangements

The Stairwell Carollers - Ding Dong Merrily on High - arranged by Charles Wood

"Ding Dong Merrily on High" is a secular dance tune that evolved into a Christmas song. The tune first appeared as Bransle l'Officiale in the Orchésographie, a dance book written by Jehan Tabourot (1519-1593). The text was composed by George Ratcliffe Woodward (1848-1934), and it was first published in 1924 in his The Cambridge Carol-Book: Being Fifty-two Songs for Christmas, Easter, And Other Seasons. Woodward took an interest in church bell ringing, which no doubt aided him in writing it. Woodward was the author of several carol books, including 'Songs of Syon' and 'The Cowley carol Book'. The macaronic style is characteristic of Woodward’s delight in archaic poetry.

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