Ding Dong! Merrily on high (Traditional)

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  • (Posted 2020-11-07)  CPDL #61242:       
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Edition notes: Harmonization by Charles Wood, slight changes to Edition 26343.
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Edition notes: Harmonised by Charles Wood
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General Information

Title: Ding Dong! Merrily on high
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)
Arranger: Charles Wood
Lyricist: George Ratcliffe Woodward

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or organ

First published:
Description: See also the Christmas Songbook

External websites:

Original text and translations

English.png English and Latin.png Latin text

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 i-o, i-o, i-o
By priest and people sungen
Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis.

Pray ye dutifully prime
Your matin chime, ye ringers
May ye beautifully rime
Your evetime song, ye singers
Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis.

Esperanto.png Esperanto translation

Bim bom! Sonas en ĉiel’
Resono sonorila.
Bim bom! Sonas de anĝel’
La kanto tre jubila:
Gloru ni, hosana en la alto!

Ankaŭ tie ĉi sur ter’
Preĝeja tur’ sonoru.
Kantoj fluu tra aer’,
Ĉar Dion ni adoru:
Gloru ni, hosana en la alto!

Pie preĝu en maten’,
Vi kantu en vespero.
Ĉie reĝu la refren’,
Vi ĉantu kun sincero:
Gloru ni, hosana en la alto!

Translation by Roel Haveman

German.png German translation

Kling, klang! Tingelingeling!
Die Himmelsglocken schwingen.
Kling, klang! Tingelingeling!
Die Engelchöre singen:
Gloria! Hosanna in excelsis!

Kling, klang! Auch auf Erden hier
lasst Kirchenglocken schwingen.
Gott, allein zur Ehre dir
woll’n wir den Lobpreis singen:
Gloria! Hosanna in excelsis!

Drum stimmt alle froh mit ein,
lasst euer Lied erklingen.
Niemand möchte ferne sein,
wenn wir anbetend singen:
Gloria! Hosanna in excelsis!