This was by far one of my absolute favourite Christmas and winter songs when I was growing up. It tells a beautiful story. Feel free to sing along.
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 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 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.
10 thoughts on “Good King Wenceslas”
One of my favorites, too. I did join the singalong.
Good for you! Next time sing louder – I couldn’t hear you! 🙂 xo
Absolutely lovely. I hope you saw the presentation of the song by the Morman Tabernacle Choir with Jane Seymour narrating. Wonderful. Dianne
I haven’t seen it, but it sounds delightful. Thanks Dianne xo
Fantastic! I don’t know this song. But I love it now. A beautiful homage to our bigger hearts and broader minds.
I am a HUGE fan of bigger hearts and broader minds. 🙂
Personally, I always found “thither” would get thuck in my theeth when I tried to thing it… 🙂 xxoo
HAHA! I alwayth loved your thinging. (Still do). And thank you for the dancing video – it made my day.
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