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With Seven single steps descending
Spirits rise and peer attending.
Return with leap then shuffling tread
While dirt envelops royal head.
Two times the trek from eight to three
By steps of one or none shall be.
Concurrent with these two down cycles
Shall be enlarging ventricles.

I have given here clues to the title and composer as well as the tune and lyrics of the extremely recognizable beginning of a very well known song. Because I have given you almost all of the notes of the first dozen bars, I feel justified in being somewhat obscure on a few of the most distinctive parts. Some basic musical knowledge would certainly help, but there is nothing here, I'm sure, that this group can't handle.

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  • $\begingroup$ I had an idea based on the first line but it doesn't really fit much beyond that. $\endgroup$ – question_asker Mar 25 '16 at 12:12
  • $\begingroup$ Yah. I have an idea, I'm not quite 100% but it seems to fit. I'll post when I have a min or if no one else gives it a go soon. $\endgroup$ – Z. Dailey Mar 25 '16 at 12:29
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The song is

Joy to the World

Seven single steps descending

The first line of the song descends down a major scale with no repeated notes - 7 steps.

Spirits rise and peer attending

Spirits rise - Joy, peer attending - the Lord is come?

Return with leap the shuffling tread

The last line of each verse starts with an octave leap.

While dirt envelops royal head.

let Earth receive her King

Two times the trek from eight to three By steps of one or none shall be. Concurrent with these two down cycles Shall be enlarging ventricles.

That outlines the melody where the words are "Let ev'ry heart prepare Him room", which solves the enlarging ventricles, as well.

Oh and the title

Happy [Christmas], Everyone!

Credit to my wife, the music teacher. :)

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  • $\begingroup$ But it's almost Easter. Not Christmas. XD $\endgroup$ – Z. Dailey Mar 25 '16 at 13:19
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    $\begingroup$ I knew you could Handel it. Well done! $\endgroup$ – Hugh Meyers Mar 25 '16 at 13:39
  • $\begingroup$ Oddly enough, I couldn't connect the hints to Handel directly. Did I miss something? You said you hinted that the clue mentioned the composer.. $\endgroup$ – Matt Mar 25 '16 at 13:44
  • $\begingroup$ @Z.Dailey - Technically, that should be a Second Coming song, not Christmas. Oh, and it's not known for sure that Handel wrote it. He's the best guess, but nobody actually knows. The words were by Isaac Watts. See link $\endgroup$ – Darrel Hoffman Mar 25 '16 at 13:48
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    $\begingroup$ The composer hint is the last word of the explanatory section. I suppose I should have called him the presumed composer but that seemed rather minor to me. A Watts pun almost made it in but sanity prevailed at the last moment. $\endgroup$ – Hugh Meyers Mar 25 '16 at 14:08

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