Ding Dong Bell Rhyme
"Ding Dong Bell" Nursery Rhyme & History"Ding Dong Bell" a poem with a moral theme
The origins of this nursery rhyme date back to the 16th century and the era of Shakespeare who used the phrase "Ding Dong Bell" in several plays. The originallyrics of "Ding Dong Bell" actually ended with the cat being left to drown! Thesewords were modified and the cat was saved by 'Little Tommy Stout' to encouragechildren to understand that it was unacceptable and cruel to harm any animal 'whone'er did any harm'. The latter version taught morality at an early age. "Ding DongBell" also introduces a child to onomatopoeia ( a word that sounds like its meaning)In this nursery rhyme the lyrics and words "ding dong" when pronounced conveythe actual sounds!
The Shakespeare Connection!
The phrase " Ding Dong Bell" was used by William Shakespeare - but given theoriginal drafts of Shakespeare plays were in Quarto text and the majority were notpublished until 1623 in the First Folio (7 years after his death) could the phraseactually be the writer's original instructions for sound effects?The Tempest, Act I, Scene II:"Sea nymphs hourly ring his knell:Hark! Now I hear them - Ding, dong, bell."The Merchant of Venice, Act III, Scene II:"Let us all ring fancy's bell;I'll begin it - Ding, dong, bell."For a comprehensive Shakespeare website we recommend a visit towilliam-shakespeare.info