Good King Wenceslas

Happy Second Day of Christmas!! How blessed we are to have not one, but TWELVE days to celebrate our Savior’s birth!!

Today is traditionally the Feast day of St. Stephen. It’s not celebrated Dec. 26th this year, because of the Feast of the Holy Family, which is always the Sunday after Christmas Day. But I still wanted to post the lyrics to this old ballad about the good King Wenceslas, and the miracle brought about on St. Stephen’s Feast by the good saint’s faithful care of the poor.

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

Merry Christmas!!!

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About Mary's Ghillie

Why Mary's? Because she is the best example of how to live a life worthy of Christ. Why Ghillie? It's an old Celtic word for servant. I'm Mary's Ghillie!

Posted on December 26, 2010, in Christmas. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Happy Birthday!

    I love this song – I know almost the whole thing from memory!

    Emily

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