Good King Wenceslas (Tempus Adest Floridum)

Carol – Good King Wenceslas – Lyrics

Good King Wenceslas looked out
On the feast of Stephen,
When the snow lay round about,
Deep, and crisp, and even.

Brightly shone the moon that night,
Though the frost was cruel,
When a poor man came in sight,
Gath’ring winter fuel.

“Hither, page, and stand by me,
If thou know’st it, telling,
Yonder peasant, who is he?
Where and what his dwelling?”

“Sire, he lives a good league hence,
Underneath the mountain,
Right against the forest fence,
By Saint Agnes’ fountain.”

“Bring me flesh and bring me wine,
Bring me pine logs hither:
Thou and I will see him dine,
When we bear him thither.”

Page and monarch, forth they went,
Forth they went together;
Through the rude wind’s wild lament,
And the bitter weather.

“Sire, the night is darker now,
And the wind blows stronger;
Fails my heart, I know not how;
I can go no longer.”

“Mark my footsteps, my good page;
Tread thou in them boldly;
Thou shalt find the winter’s rage
Freeze thy blood less coldly.

“In his master’s steps he trod,
Where the snow lay dinted;
Heat was in the very sod
Which the Saint had printed.

Therefore, Christian men, be sure,
Wealth or rank possessing,
Ye who now will bless the poor,
Shall yourselves find blessing.

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  • Album: From Advent to Epiphany Volume 3
  • Tune: Tempus Adest Floridum
  • Meter: 76 76 D
  • Style: Renaissance
  • Style: Carol
  • Church Year: Christmas / Church Year: Epiphany
  • Composer: Unknown from Hymnal: Piae Cantiones (1582) adapted by arranger: John Stainer (1840 – 1901).
  • Lyricist: John Mason Neale (1818 – 1866)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2013 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

Behold my son, my servant (Genevan)

  • Tune: Genevan
  • Meter: 76 76 D
  • Style: Renaissance German
  • Composer: Unknown a tune from Hymnal: Genevan Psalter, 1539 created under the supervision of Publisher: John Calvin
  • Lyricist: Brian L. Penney based upon based on Isaiah 42:1-6; 9:2
  • Church Year: General
  • Music Copyright Public Domain
  • Lyrics Copyright Brian L. Penney 2008 – Used with Permission
  • Performance Copyright © 2017 Richard M S Irwin. Certain rights reserved.
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Behold My Son, My Servant – Lyrics

1. “Behold, My Son, My Servant,
In Whom My soul delights;
My Spirit is upon Him;
He shall do what is right.
A bruised reed He will not break,
Nor quench a smoking flax;
For truth He brings forth justice
By all His gracious acts.”

2. Thus says the Lord Almighty,
Maker of heav’n and earth,
Creator of all people,
The One Who gives them breath:
“In righteousness I called You,
And I will hold Your hand;
I give You, as a cov’nant,
A light to ev’ry land.”

3. “Behold, My Son, My Servant,
In Whom My soul delights;
For those who sit in darkness
He has become their light.
And new things I shall declare:
His foes shall Christ assail
With zeal like a man of war;
Against them He’ll prevail.”