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Good King Wenceslas
This Christmas Carol about the King of Bohemia(Czech Republic) in the 10th century is my favorite about giving to the poor! He was known for his kindness to the poor, especially orphans and slaves.
Good King Wenceslas looked out
On the feast of Stephen,
When the snow lay round about,
Deep and crisp and even.
Brightly shown 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 know 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 the 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.
Ark 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 step he trod,
Where the snow lay dented.
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.

Creation date: Dec 4, 2007 10:16pm     Last modified date: Dec 4, 2007 10:49pm   Last visit date: Jun 2, 2023 10:53pm
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Dec 5, 2007  ( 1 comment )  
Marie Carr (nanarie)
This was one of my favorite carols, but I don`t think I ever heard all the verses.
Dec 6, 2007  ( 1 comment )  
Julie Carr (beekielou)
Love all the verses - Never saw all of them - Great story!
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