Thursday, 7 December 2017

Advent Calendar Day 7: Bells

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!

With thanks to Pexels for the image.  (All images licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license).

E'en so here below, below, Let steeple bells be swungen, And "Io, io, io!" By priest and people sungen Gloria Hosanna in excelsis! 



Pray you, dutifully prime
Your matin chime, ye ringers,
May you beautifully rime
Your eve'time song, ye singers
Gloria Hosanna in excelsis!


Title: Ding Dong! Merrily on high
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)
Lyricist: George Ratcliffe Woodward (1848-1934), English composer.
The carol was first published in 1924 in The Cambridge Carol-Book.
From: The Choral Public Domain Library

I'm linking with Julie over at Julie's Scrapbook.    More from my Advent Calendar tomorrow. 

32 comments:

  1. One of my favourite carols

    Julie xxxx

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  2. I love it too but the one on your blog today is even nicer. x

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  3. I have spent a pleasant early morning listening to carols and drinking coffee - what a way to start a day - thank you x

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    1. I've been listening to carols while drinking tea, and yes it is a pleasant way to start the day. x

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  4. Oh! No! Not Ding Dong Merrily on High...! :(.
    HeHe! The Bells..The Bells..Poor old Quasimodo,
    Esmeralda..Esmeralda..were for art thou...! :).

    Why do farmers put bells on cows?
    Because their heir horns don't work....! :).

    Oh! By the way, summat l forgot yesterday...
    How did the Robin get it's Red Breast...???
    (AND..NO! looking it up).

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    1. I don’t need to look it up Willie, although you may know a different version to me? The story I was told at Sunday school; Jesus was on the road to Calvary a robin plucked a thorn from his temple, and a drop of blood fell on the robin turning its chest red.
      Pilates this morning so I must away.

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  5. Lovely, tried sharing to Facebook, but it only showed your link x

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    1. Thanks for doing that Sue, I appreciate it. xx

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  6. Good morning dearest Barbara! How beautiful, to hear the tinny, gentle, resounding sound of BELLS. May this song usher in a much better year, a new awakening in the human spirit. Peace to you dear one.

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    1. Hello Anita, my thoughts are with all those people around the world who are suffering in numerous ways at the moment. 2018 just has to be a better year for everyone. Sending hugs your way.

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  7. I used to love that song at school! Hugs, Valerie

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    1. I was in the school choir, and this was one of the songs we sang every year so it has a special place in my heart. I’m pretty sure we didn’t sing it anywhere near as well as the boys from Kings College, but we gave it our best shot! Hugs Barbara

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  8. Certainly not the song I was expecting, and definitely not one I've heard before. However, I loved the video and those boys did a fantastic job singing for their ages. Great Day 7 Advent entry.

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  9. They are wonderful singers and I never tire of listening to them.
    Thanks for coming over and leaving a comment.

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  10. I do love Ding Dong Merrily on High! These boys are terrific! Loving your advent calendar!

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  11. They certainly are Jeanie, I can't get enough of them.

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  12. Amazing the high notes a pre-teen boy can hit!

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  13. Such a Christmassy song & so far this "Bell" has been interesting in the way it is being interpreted. Thanks & take care. BTW, did I really put Seven White Boomers? I was singing it in my head as I typed & certainly was not thinking 7. Sorry. Take care.

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    1. It’s easily done – fingers and brain don’t always work in perfect harmony.
      Thanks for commenting, I really appreciate it.

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  14. What glorious voices! Thanks for sharing.
    Have a holly, jolly day, Barbara.

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  15. One of my favourite carols too. Thanks for posting it.

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  16. and thank you for listening to it. :-) x

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  17. I LOVE this carol! It has been one of my favourites since I was a child, I have always loved the sound of bells. Thank you, Barbara. This is such a labor of love- a post everyday for Advent-I really appreciate the posts! Sending a BIG (((HUG)))

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    1. Thank you so much Colleen, I really appreciate you taking the time to read them. I will be away from my blog for three months next year, so I’m making up for it in advance. :-) xx

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  18. Truly glorious! Thanks for sharing the video Barbara! Really enjoyed it! Big Hugs!

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    1. I'm so pleased, thanks for letting me know you enjoyed it. x

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Barbara xx

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