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Ding Dong Merrily on High

Words by George Ratcliffe Woodward (1848-1934)
Tune by Thoinot Arbeau (1520-1595)
arr. Edward L. Stauff
Key signature: G major (1 sharp)
Time signature: Common time – 4/4
Meter: with Refrain
Public Domain
1. Ding dong! Merrily on high, In heav’n the bells are ringing, Ding dong! Verily the sky Is riv’n with angel singing.
Refrain: Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis!
2. E’en so here below, below, Let steeple bells be swungen, And, “Io, io, io!” By priest and people sungen.
3. Pray ye dutifully, prime Your matin chime, ye ringers; May ye beautifully rime Your evetime song, ye singers.