Ding Dong Bell
"Ding Dong Bell", also known as Ding Dong Dell is a popular nursery rhyme with
an educational theme against animal cruelty.
Its origin dates back to the 16th century England. The Ding Dong Bell rhyme was
first recorded in 1580 by the organist of Winchester Cathedral, John Lant.
The expression Ding Dong Bell was used by Shakespeare in several of his plays.
However most of those works were published only in 1623 in the First Folio (years after his
death) and the exact use or meaning of this rhyme is uncertain.
The song was later converted for children, as they tend to take the words
explicitly and there was concern they may be tempted to put the cats in the wells, or they could
be affected by the violence of the word “killed”.