The Wexford Carol (Traditional)

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  • (Posted 2012-06-13)  CPDL #26493:         
Editor: Benjamin Bloomfield (submitted 2012-06-13).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 284 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The music is apparently pirated from Martin Shaw's arrangement in the Oxford Book of Carols.

General Information

Title: The Wexford Carol
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
Description: Traditional Irish Christmas Carol from County Wexford

External websites:

Original text and translations

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1. Good people all, this Christmas time,
Consider well, and bear in mind,
What our good God for us has done,
In sending his beloved Son.

With Mary holy, we should pray
To God with love this Christmas day;
In Bethlehem upon that morn,
There was a blessed Messiah born.

2. The night before that happy tide,
The noble Virgin and her guide
Were long time seeking up and down
To find a lodging in the town.

But mark how all things came to pass:
From ev’ry door repelled Alas!
As long foretold their refuge all
Was but a humble ox’s stall.

3. Let all your songs and praises be,
Unto his Heav’nly Majesty;
And evermore, amongst our mirth,
Remember Christ our Savior’s birth.

That night the Virgin Mary mild,
Was safe deliver’d of a child;
According unto Heav’n’s decree,
Man’s sweet salvation for to be.

4. Near Bethlehem did shepherds keep
Their flocks of lambs and feeding sheep;
To whom God’s angels did appear,
Which put the shepherds in great fear.

“Prepare and go,” the angels said,
“To Bethlehem. Be not afraid

For there you’ll find this happy morn
A princely babe sweet Jesus born.”

5. With thankful heart and joyful mind,
The shepherds went the babe to find,
And as God’s angels had foretold,
They did our Savior Christ behold.

Within a manger he was laid,
And by His side the virgin maid
Attending on the Lord of Life<
Who came to earth to end all strife.

6. See how the Lord of Heav’n and earth
Show’d himself lowly in His birth;
A sweet example for mankind,
To learn to bear a humble mind.

If quires of Angels did rejoice,
Well may mankind with heart and voice
Sing praises to the God of Heav’n,
That unto us His Son has giv’n.