Who Sang Good King Wenceslas? Loreena McKennitt

Loreena McKennitt A Midwinter Night’s Dream cover art
publisher: ©Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Peermusic Publishing
writers: Jeremy Frederick Lanning, John M. Neale
release date: 2008-10-17
genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
styles: Acoustic
length: 3:18
producer: Loreena McKennitt
lead vocals: Loreena McKennitt
double bass: George Koller
mixer: Jeff Wolpert
arranger: Loreena McKennitt
violin: Waiel Abo Baker Ali and Hugh Marsh
additional engineer: Russell Kearney, Brad Nelson and Mark Peters
acoustic guitar: Aidan Brennan and Dan Ar Braz
accordion: Donald Quan
percussion: Rick Lazar and Hossam Ramzy
harp: Loreena McKennitt
assistant producer: Brian Hughes
assistant recording engineer: Russell Kearney
recording engineer: Stuart Bruce
whistle & uilleann pipes: Robert A. White
lyricist: John Mason Neale
composer: [traditional]
arranger: Thomas Helmore
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
Gath'ring 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 flesh and bring me wine
Bring me pine-logs hither
Thou and I shall see him dine
When we bear them 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 blows stronger
Fails my heart, I know not how
I can go no longer."
"Mark my footsteps, good my page
Tread thou in them boldly
Thou shall find the winter's rage
Freeze thy blood less coldly."
In his master's step 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.

CD 1
  • 1 The Holly & The Ivy
  • 2 Un Flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle
  • 3 The Seven Rejoices of Mary
  • 4 Noël Nouvelet !
  • 5 Good King Wenceslas
  • 6 Coventry Carol
  • 7 God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (Abdelli version)
  • 8 Snow
  • 9 Breton Carol
  • 10 Seeds of Love
  • 11 Gloucestershire Wassail
  • 12 Emmanuel
  • 13 In the Bleak Midwinter