Who Sang Good King Wenceslas? Alfred Deller & Deller Consort

Release information
Release Date: 1991
length: 2:46
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 flesh, 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 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 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 on 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.

Tracklist
CD 1
  • 1 Patapan
  • 2 We Three Kings of Orient Are
  • 3 I Saw Three Ships
  • 4 The Coventry Carol
  • 5 It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
  • 6 Good King Wenceslas
  • 7 Once In Royal David's City
  • 8 Rocking
  • 9 The First Nowell
  • 10 God Rest You Merry Gentlemen
  • 11 Wither's Rocking Hymn
  • 12 Silent Night
  • 13 Wassail Song
  • 14 Dormi Jesus
  • 15 Boar's Head Carol
  • 16 Past Three A Clock
  • 17 Lullay My Liking
  • 18 Adam Lay Ybounden
  • 19 Herrick's Carol
  • 20 Angelus ad Virginem
  • 21 The Holly and the Ivy
  • 22 O Little One Sweet
  • 23 Song of the Nuns of Chester
  • 24 Winter Rose
  • 25 In dulci jubilo