Thursday, November 28, 2013

Carol of the Bells, Parts Un et Deux

Carol of the Bells

Traditional Ukrainian folk chant, with modern lyrics by Peter J. Wilhousky

This ancient Ukrainian folk chant tells of a prescient swallow trumpeting the coming of the new year, which in pre-Christian Ukraine fell in spring. Peter J. Wilhousky, an arranger for the NBC Symphony Orchestra, wrote the modern lyrics in the 1930s. The carol quickly became a holiday favorite:

Hark how the bells,
sweet silver bells,
all seem to say,
throw cares away
Christmas is here,
bringing good cheer,
to young and old,
meek and the bold.
Ding dong ding dong
that is their song
with joyful ring
all caroling.
One seems to hear
words of good cheer
from everywhere
filling the air.
Oh how they pound,
raising the sound,
o'er hill and dale,
telling their tale.
Gaily they ring
while people sing
songs of good cheer,
Christmas is here.
Merry, Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas,
Merry, Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas.
On on they send,
on without end,
their joyful tone
to every home.
Ding dong ding... dong!

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