Posted by: Free Children's Stories | December 12, 2015

Good King Wenceslas

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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
Gathering winter fuel

 

 

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“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.”

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“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 nowgood_king_wenceslas_03_by_lordcavendish-d5oyvfj
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

 

Lyrics from traditional carol. Art by Lord Cavendish, used under CC license.

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