Daily Archives: December 11, 2015

Christmas Music, Part 11 – Ding Dong! Merrily On High

Ding Dong! Merrily On High

Ding Dong! Merrily On High

“Ding Dong Merrily on High” first appeared as a secular dance tune known as “le branle de l’Official” in a dance book written by Jehan Tabourot (1519–1593). The lyrics are from English composer 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 had an interest in church bell ringing, which no doubt helped inspire this carol

Ding dong! merrily on high
In heav’n the bells are ringing:
Ding dong! verily the sky
Is riv’n with Angel singing.

Hosanna in excelsis!
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.

Note: “Swungen” and “Sungen” in the second verse are archaic English verb forms.


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Calling all MEN!



Join us (The Pender Fun and Adventure League or PFAL) on Wednesday, December 30th, for a day on the slopes. We’ll be heading to Whitetail, about 1 1/2 hours from here for a couple of hours of winter fun.

Bring yourself, or bring yourself and 10 friends! The only catch is you have to be a manly man 16+ years of age.

For more info, email Brian Green by clicking on this link.

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Today’s Bible Verse ~ Isaiah 7:14


Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. ~Isaiah 7:14


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