E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Do (to rhyme with go).
The first or tonic note of the solfeggio system of music.
Do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, Italian; ut, re, mi, fa, sol, la, French. The latter are borrowed from a hymn by Paulus Piaconus, addressed to St. John, which Guido, in
the eleventh century, used in teaching singing:
Ut queant laxis, Re-sonare fibris,
Mi-ra gestorum Fa-muli tuorum,
Sol-ve pollutis La-biis reatum.
Ut-tered be thy wondrous story,
Re-prehensive though I be,
Me make mindful of thy glory,
Fa-mous son of Zacharee;
Sol-ace to my spirit bring,
La-bouring thy praise to sing.
E. C. B.
(See WEIZIUS in Heortologio, p. 263.) Le Maire added si (seventeenth century). (See ARETINIAN SYLLABLES.)