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Our Wexford Carol

The Wexford Carol is a traditional Irish Christmas Carol originating from Enniscorthy in County Wexford and dating to the 12th century. The subject of the song is that of the nativity of Jesus Christ. Two verses in translation are below. Traditionally it is sung by men only but here it is sung by Julie Andrews:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mw347lLESKs

Good people all, this Christmas time,
Consider well and bear in mindEnniscorthy
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 angel 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.

Comments

Our ensemble began rehearsing this this year - it's a beautiful piece.
Yes, isn't it. I wish you the best in your practice. Happy Christmas.
Oh I know this one from the singing of The Voice Squad.

It's an absolute delight! :o)

Edited at 2012-12-21 08:34 (UTC)
Yes. I love it. Some would find Previn's music not suitable for such a traditional tune.
I much prefer the sean nos rendition.

This one's by Alison Kraus