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Good King Wenceslas

For the Catholic Church, the day after Christmas, tomorrow, is known as the Feast of Stephen. Lovers of Christmas Carols will remember that this is the feast commemorated in Good King Wenceslaus, for the 26th of December was the day when that monarch looked out upon the snow that was "deep and crisp and even."

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Here, just for the heck of it, are the lyrics to the first two verses of that Carol.

Good King Wenceslas looked out
On the feast of Stephen.
When the snow lay round aout
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, 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."

Maybe I'll finish this up tomorrow, which will of course be the day of the aforementioned feast. This is not the season to work very hard on one's blog posts, IMHO.




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