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I go, and it is done; the bell invites me.
Hear it not, Duncan; for it is a knell
That summons thee to heaven or to hell.
- William Shakespeare, Macbeth
People have used bells for thousands of years for signalling, for celebration and for marking solemn occasions. Bells are considered important. They are given names and meaningful inscriptions. They are blessed. They even have a special word for the practice of ringing them: campanology.Continued page 2/17