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This month's Free Tablature is
"Good King Wenceslas"
Tune: Tempus Adest Floridum, 13th Century Finnish Carol

Lyrics: John Neale & Thomas Helmore - 1853
                

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Good King Wenceslas" is a popular Christmas carol that tells a story ofa king braving harsh winter weather to give alms to a poor peasant on the Feast of Stephen (December 26, the day after Christmas). During the journey, his page is about to give up the struggle against the cold weather, but is enabled to continue by following the king's footprints, step for step, through the deep snow.

The legend is based on the life of the historical Saint Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia or Svatý Václav in Czech (907–935).   Wenceslas I, was the duke of Bohemia from 921 until his assassination.  His martyrdom, and the popularity of several biographies, quickly gave rise to a reputation for heroic goodness, resulting in his being elevated to sainthood, posthumously declared king, and seen as the patron saint of the Czech state. He is the subject of "Good King Wenceslas", a Saint Stephen's Day carol written over 900 years later, in 1853, which remains popular to this day.

 Here's a link to a YouTube video of the tune performed by 'The Skydiggers".

There are only about 25 more practicing days left until Christmas, so start working on this arrangement now!

If you are interested in more multi-part arrangements of Christmas music for mountain dulcimer, check out my  Dulcified Christmas and Dulcified Christmas - Volume II books.

Wishing you all a joyous, peaceful, and music-filled holiday season.

In music and friendship,

--Tull

Lyrics

Good King Wenceslas looked out
On the feast of Stephen,
When the snow lay round about,
Deep and crisp and even.
Brightly shown 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 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 go no longer.
Ark my footsteps my good page,
Tread thou in them boldly:
Thou shalt find the winter's rage
Freeze thy blood less coldly.

In his master's step he trod,
Where the snow lay dented.
Heat was in the very sod
Which the saint had printed.
Therefore, Christian men, be sure,
Wealth or rank possessing,
Ye who now will bless the poor
Shall yourselves find blessing

 


 

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