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THE WEXFORD CAROL

Here sung by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWVYDKrba2s

The Wexford Carol is a traditional religious Irish Christmas carol originating in Co. Wexford (Enniscorthy) dating to the 12th century (?). It is one of the oldest extant Christmas carols in the European tradition. The song achieved a renewed popularity due to the work of William Grattan Flood (1859-1928), who was organist and musical director at St.Aidan's Cathedral in Enniscorthy. He transcribed the carol from a local singer and had it published in the Oxford Book of Carols, putting it into most carol books around the world.

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.

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.
"Arise and go," the angels said,
"To Bethlehem, be not afraid;
For there you'll find this happy morn
A princely Babe, sweet Jesus born."

With thankful heart and joyful mind,
The shepherds went the Babe to find,
And as God's angel had foretold,
They did our Saviour Christ behold.
Within a manger He was laid,
And by his side the Virgin Maid,
As long foretold, upon that morn
there was a blessed Messiah born

Comments

I love this version of it.