A.M. – Day 12 – Wexford Carol

Today’s Reading:  Luke 2

I think the Wexford Carol is one of the  most beautiful carols in existence.  It recounts the story of Jesus’ birth in careful detail.  Even the melody sounds as if it is telling a story, and although its beauty is obvious, I believe the principal voice singing the words can make or break it. Which is why I love this rendition by Alison Krauss, and Yo-Yo Ma.

 

 

Good people all, this Christmas time,

Consider well and bear in mind
What our good God for us has done
In sending his beloved son
With Mary holy we should pray,
To God with love this Christmas Day
In Bethlehem upon that morn,
There was a blessed Messiah born
The night before that happy tide
The noble Virgin and her guide
Were long time seeking up and down
To find a lodging in the town
But mark right well what came to pass
From every door repelled, alas
As was foretold, their refuge all
Was but a humble ox’s stall
Near Bethlehem did shepherds keep
Their flocks of lambs and feeding sheep
To whom God’s angel did appear
Which put the shepherds in great fear
Arise and go, the angels said
To Bethlehem, be not afraid
For there you’ll find, this happy morn
A princely babe, sweet Jesus, born
With thankful heart and joyful mind
The shepherds went the babe to find
And as God’s angel had foretold
They did our Saviour Christ behold
Within a manger he was laid
And by his side a virgin maid
Attending on the Lord of Life
Who came on earth to end all strife
There were three wise men from afar
Directed by a glorious star
And on they wandered night and day
Until they came where Jesus lay
And when they came unto that place
Where our beloved Messiah lay
They humbly cast them at his feet
With gifts of gold and incense sweet
The Wexford Carol is an Irish Christmas carol originating from the county called Wexford, speciffically Enniscorthy. “The Wexford Carol,” sometimes known by its first verse, “Good people all this Christmas time,” is one of the oldest Christmas carols in the European tradition. The song achieved a renewed popularity due to the work of William Grattan Flood (1859 – 1928), who was organist and musical director at St. Aidan’s Cathedral in Wexford. He transcribed the carol from a local singer, and had it published in the Oxford Book of Carols, putting Wexford into most carol books around the world.”
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