Good King Wenceslaus


Be Swift, Be Precise

Good King Wenceslaus 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…

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