The words to Good King Wenceslas were written by John Mason Neale and published in 1853. The music to this Christmas carol originated in Finland 300 years earlier. King Wenceslas himself was the king of Bohemia in the 10th century.
Lyrics for 'Good King Wenceslas'
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.
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