Origins And History Of Ding Dong Bell Nursery Rhyme

Ding Dong Bell” also popularly known as “Ding Dong Dell” is a simple English nursery rhyme sung by kids and preschoolers in the preschools. They love to sing or recite the nursery rhymes and “Ding Dong Bell” with its simple words makes it easy for them to memorize the lyrics.
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Origin and meaning the rhyme

Several theories are associated with the origin of “Ding Dong Bell” kids song. The earliest published version of the rhyme is associated to the rhyme written by John Lant, who was the organist of Winchester Cathedral in 1580. It was printed in Thomas Ravenscroft's (an English musician, theorist and editor) 'Pammelia, Musicks Miscellanie' in 1609.

The Phrase “Ding Dong Bell” has appeared many times in Shakespeare's plays. However, the original of Shakespeare plays were in Quarto text and most of them were not published in the First Folio (a collection of William Shakespeare) until 1623. It is believed that “Ding Dong Bell” might be the songwriter's original instructions for sound effects, although it is considered as baseless, without any proper evidence. 

A version similar to the original version of the rhyme is printed in 'Mother Goose's Melody' in London in 1765. The additional lines have been added in James Orchard Halliwell's Nursery Rhymes of England', where the cat is pulled out by “Dog with long snout”. It is the most acceptable ending for the little ones as it shows the survival of the cat. 

Iona and Peter Opie claim that the rhyme has its origin in 'Tom a lin or Tom o' Lin', the protagonist of another nursery rhyme. 

Reformed versions of Ding Dong Bell nursery rhyme

The most common modern version of “Ding Dong Bell” known to kids is considered as moderation of the original rhyme. Violence of the rhyme might affect the kids and young children and encourage them to put cats in the wells. Thus, many attempts have been made to reform this one of the popular nursery rhymes.