From the album Christmas Joy – Beloved Carols for Church and Singers, also available on CD.
Good King Wenceslas : Recording
- Tune: Tempus Adest Floridum, from Hymnal: Piae Cantiones (1582) adapted John Stainer (1840-1901) and arranged by Richard M S Irwin (b. 1955).
- Meter: 76 76 D.
- Performance ℗ 2021 Richard Irwin Music®. ISRC UKTU21900403. All rights reserved.
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.
- Lyrics 10th century, translated by John Mason Neale (1818 – 1866). Public Domain.
- Meter: 76 76 D.
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