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329. Good King Wenceslas

1 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.

2 “Hither, page, and stand by me, if you 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.”

3 “Bring me food and bring me wine, bring me pine logs hither,
You and I will see him dine, when we bear them thither.”
Page and monarch, forth they went, forth they went together,
Through the cold wind’s wild lament and the bitter weather.

4 “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 now in them boldly,
You shall find the winter’s rage freeze your blood less coldly.”

5 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, while God’s gifts possessing,
You who now will bless the poor shall yourselves find blessing.

Text Information
First Line: Good King Wenceslas looked out on the Feast of Stephen
Title: Good King Wenceslas
Author: John M. Neale (1853)
Meter: 13.13.13.14
Scripture: Luke 14:13-14
Source: Timeless Truths (http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Good_King_Wenceslas); The Cyber Hymnal (http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/g/o/goodking.htm)
Tune Information
Name: TEMPUS ADEST FLORIDUM
Meter: 13.13.13.14
Key: G Major
Source: Timeless Truths (http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Good_King_Wenceslas); The Cyber Hymnal (http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/g/o/goodking.htm)



Media
MIDI file: Good_King_Wenceslas.mid
(http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/Good_King_Wenceslas)
More media are available on the text authority and tune authority pages.




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