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Oh, How Lovely Is The Evening

This short song, typically sung altogether once and then in a round, originated outside of Wellesley. The origin of the tune is known to be a German folksong, "O wie wolh is mir Abend," first published in English in 1917 in a songbook titled 55 Songs and Choruses for Community Singing. The song has become part of the American folk song canon and is performed today by many choirs and musical groups. It is likely that the song was brought to Stepsinging by someone who had known it in their life prior to Wellesley. 

"Oh, How Lovely Is the Evening" is still a Stepsinging staple, as the simple melody and poetic words are understood by all. With four classes present, it is simple to divide the group into singing sections, and the sweet swirling sounds of a lilting round never disappoint. 

Lyrics

Sung once all together, then in a round
Oh, how lovely is the evening, is the evening
When the bells are sweetly ringing, sweetly ringing
Ding, dong, ding, dong, ding, dong

from the German "O wie wolh is mir Abend" 
O wie wohl ist mir am Abend, Mir am Abend,
Wenn zur Ruh die Glocke läutet, Glocke läutet:
Bim! bam! bim! Bam! bim! bam!


Translation:
Oh, how good I feel in the evening, in the evening, 
When for rest, the bell's ringing, the bell's ringing
Ding! Dong! Ding! Dong! Ding! Dong!

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In 2017 "Oh, How Lovely Is The Evening" was featured in the College's annually anticipated holiday video. Click the video below to hear the song performed by the Wellesley College Choir