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Carol of the Bells (Libera)

If angels sang... they would sing like this.

Libera is a non-profit all-boy English vocal group directed by Robert Prizeman. Most members come from the parish choir of St. Philip's, Norbury, in South London.

"Carol of the Bells" is a popular Christmas carol, composed by Mykola Leontovych with lyrics by Peter J. Wilhousky. The song is based on a folk chant known in Ukrainian as "Shchedryk".

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 carolling.

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.

Gloria in excelsis Deo
Gloria, gloria!

Hark how the bells,
All seem to say,
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 carolling.

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!
Gaily they ring
while people sing
Songs of good cheer
Christmas is here!

Gloria in excelsis Deo
Gloria, gloria!

Hark how the bells,
All seem to say,
Christmas is here,
Bringing good cheer,

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!
Gaily they ring
while people sing
Songs of good cheer
Christmas is here!

Hark how the bells,
All seem to say,
Christmas is here,
Bringing good cheer,

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!
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

Hark

Hark


Hark how the bells

All seem to say

Gloria, Gloria

Ding dong ding dong

That is their song

HARK=  (literary, archaic) Listen.

THROW CARES AWAY= Forget about your worries.

CHEER= /tʃɪə*/ Happiness.

MEEK= /mi:k/ Humble in spirit or manner.

BOLD= /bəʊld/ Fearless and daring; courageous, brave.

JOYFUL= Happy (joy= happiness)

CAROLLING= Singing joyful religious songs (especially at Christmas). [note the spelling: BrE "carolling", AmE "caroling". In BrE, words ending in -L always double de L before adding an ending beginning with a vowel, as in -ING]

POUND= To strike repeatedly and forcefully.

OER HILL AND DALE= 'Oer' /ɔ:/ (though more often /ɔ:ə/) is an archaic and poetic or literary contraction for 'over'. 'Dale' is an old word for 'valley'. Over hill and dale means all over the place (in high and low places).

GLORIA IN EXCELSIS DEO= (Latin) /glɔ:ɪɑ ɪn ekstʃelsɪs deɒ/ Glory to God in the Highness (= in heaven)

GAILY= /glɪ/ happily (gay= happy)

MERRY= (old fashioned) Happy, cheerful.

ON, ON THEY SEND= The continue sending (the repetition of the particle ON, which gives the idea of continuity, is emphatic)

 

The song sings about the happiness that Christmas bring to everybody. That happiness is simbolized by the church bells ringing.

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