GOOD KING WENCESLAS
Traditional, arranged by Melanie Safka
From the album ANTLERS (1997)
Good King Wenceslas looked out on the feast of
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
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 the 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
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 step he trod, where the snow
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.