Good King Wenceslas (Traditional)
John Stainer harmonization
- Editor: Richard Mix (submitted 2021-12-10). Score information: Letter, 1 page, 45 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: A major, with page and monarch parts in bold. (corr. '21-12-15)
- Editor: Francis Melville (submitted 2018-07-22). Score information: A4, 5 pages, 67 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: Arranged by John Stainer, in A-flat for SATB unaccompanied
- Editor: Rod Mather (submitted 2008-12-31). Score information: A4, 1 page, 26 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Arranged by John Stainer in A major.
- Editor: Christopher R. Baker (submitted 2000-11-27). Score information: Unknown Copyright: CC BY 1.0
- Edition notes: Arranged by John Stainer.
- Editor: Rafael Ornes (submitted 1999-12-07). Score information: Letter, 1 page, 15 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Arranged by John Stainer. Verse 1 only underlaid
- Editor: Francis Melville (submitted 2019-11-26). Score information: A4, 5 pages, 100 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: Arranged for SSAATTBB with Bar and S solos by Francis Melville
- Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2017-11-20). Score information: A4, 1 page, 48 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Harmonised by Richard R. Terry.
- Editor: Burkhart M. Schürmann (submitted 2008-12-04). Score information: A4, 5 pages, 76 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Arr. for SAB by Burkhart M. Schürmann.
- Editor: Edward L. Stauff (submitted 2004-05-20). Score information: Unknown Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: harm. E. L. Sauff; also included in the Christmas Songbook
First published: 1871 in Christmas Carols New and Old (John Stainer), no. 10
Description: The tune is from Piae Cantiones (1582) where it has the springtime text Tempus adest floridum. See also Good King Wenceslas (Geoffrey Shaw).
Original text and translations
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.
"Hither, page, and stand by me, if thou know'st 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."
"Bring me food and bring me wine, bring me pine logs hither,
Thou 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.
"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 tehm 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.