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Off the cuff, done as a folk song to try to highlight the meaning in a simple way. Good King Wenceslas actually existed and was the king of Bohemia in the 10th century. Legends of his miraculous powers and goodness and he was made a Catholic saint- and is now the patron Saint of the Czech republic. He was mudered by his brother Boleslaw on September the 28th.
Probably one of the few rulers who is also officiallly a saint. The words were written by John Mason Neale in 1853 and the tune comes from Finland.
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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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richard13 said 3189 days ago (December 25th, 2010)
About time
Thanks for posting this Mark. It's one of my favorite carols and I don't think there's another version here. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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alfredthepelican said 3189 days ago (December 26th, 2010)
Hi richard
I'm glad you enjoyed, makes it worth recording.
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Char said 3189 days ago (December 25th, 2010)
"a nice rendition. "Ye who now will bless the poor
shall yourselves find blessing". Thank you.
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alfredthepelican said 3189 days ago (December 26th, 2010)
Thank you Char
for your positive comment. Best wishes of the season.
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