The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Carol of the Bells

Words & Music: Peter J. Wilhousky, 1936,
Adapted from "Shchedryk" by Mykola Dmytrovich Leontovych, 1916

Sheet Music: Carol of the Bells

See: Carol of the Bells - Notes

See A Garritan Community Christmas for an MP3:
Carol Of The Bells, Jotnathon Cox

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,
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
Dong Ding dong ding, dong Bong

Editor's Note:

In addition to "Carol of the Bells" (version 2, 1957), and "Ring Christmas Bells", there is at least one other carol based on this tune: "Come, Dance and Sing" (1957, lyrics anonymous). I have been unable to locate a copy.

Ron Clancy, author of the Christmas Classics series of Christmas carol books, has now created a number of "The Story Behind The Music" YouTube videos recounting the histories of numerous Christmas carols, including this carol.

The Stories Behind The Music Of
Carol of the Bells


For links to all of Clancy's carol videos, go to
Christmas Classics Videos

I do not have any financial or other relationship with Ron Clancy, The Christmas Classics, or YouTube.


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