Good King Wenceslas (song)

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Good King Wenceslas

Hymns | Songs


"Good King Wenceslas" is a well known Christmas carol

Lyrics

Good King Wenceslas looked out on the feast of Stephen

When the snow lay round-a-bout, deep and crisp and even

Brightly shone the moon that night, though the frost was cruel

When a poor man came in sight, gathering winter fuel


"Hither page, and stand by me, if thou knowest 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 shall see him dine, when we bear them 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 grows stronger"

"Fails my heart I know not how, I can go no longer"

"Mark my footsteps my good page, treat 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 will now bless the poor, shall yourselves find blessing



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