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"Hark, Hark, The Dogs Do Bark" Lyrics, Text Format
Introducing syncopation in 6/8 time, grouping three eighths,
feeling duple meter (dotted quarter) in 6/8.



  • Grade: Kindergarten
  • Origin: England – 13th-century Nursery Rhyme
  • Key: F Major
  • Time: 6/8
  • Form: ABCD
  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ta/ ta ti | syncopation,
    | ti ti ti ti ta ti | ta ti ta ti | ti ti ti ti ti ti | ta/a/ |
  • Pitches: intermediate: So La Ti Do Re Mi Fa
  • Intervals: intermediate: Mi\Do, Fa\Re, Re\So, So/Do
  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted half, dotted quarter, eighth; feeling duple meter in 6/8, counting eighth notes, grouping three eighths (dotted quarter)
  • Key Words: world geography: England; Saxon, England, Bubonic Plague; strangers, secret codes, town life, hark, the dogs do bark, beggars, town, rags, jags, velvet, gown, Saxon, England

Jag – A slash or slit in a garment exposing material of a different color. Prior to the 13th century in Saxon, England, during outbreaks of the Bubonic Plague, strangers were looked upon with horror! Dogs barking alerted the townspeople to strangers in their area, hence the words “Hark, hark the dogs do bark.”

“Hark, Hark, The Dogs Do Bark” 

Hark, hark the dogs do bark,
The beggars are coming to town;
Some in rags, and some in jags,
And one in a velvet gown.

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