Our Favourite Christmas Carols & Songs – Ding Dong Merrily on High

carollers2Ding Dong Merrily on High is reputed to be of French origin and was first published in the sixteenth century.  The words are by George Ratcliffe Woodward, a British priest and lyricist who died in 1934.  Interestingly, bell ringing was one of Woodward’s hobbies.

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Ding Dong Merrily on High – Lyrics

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!

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 evetime song, ye singers.
Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis!

If you enjoy singing along with your favourite Christmas carols and songs, you can find the lyrics to all fifteen of our favourites by clicking here

Why not print this Christmas carol out and have a sing-a-long with friends and family.

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