Sunday, December 12, 2010

"Good Bloggers All, This Christmastime"


The Wexford Carol
("Good People All, This Christmastime")
(Enniscorthy Carol)


carol. French carole. Originally a song to accompany dancing,
but later, by common usage, it came to refer to old,
Christmas-season religious songs.

To Blog Carol this year I have selected probably the best known of Irish Christmas songs (and my favorite carol), "The Wexford Carol." The Wexford Carol has roots reaching back to twelfth century Ireland, traceable to the proximity of the County and town of Wexford. The Wexford Carol was included in The Oxford Book of Carols and tells the story of the birth of Christ.

It is interesting to note that Christmas carols were rare in Ireland, but County Wexford has a 300 year tradition of handing down carols from generation to generation. Families in the area were each entrusted with a carol and with sharing that particular carol with the generations. During Christmas the carols were sung in the homes of these families and in the church by the choir. The choir consisted of six men who sang the carols unaccompanied.

Please sing along with this beautiful rendition; YoYo Ma and Allison Krauss performing The Wexford Carol.



Good people all, this Christmas time,
Consider well and bear in mind
What our good God for us has done,
In sending His belovèd Son.
With Mary holy we should pray
To God with love this Christmas Day;
In Bethlehem upon the morn
There was a blest Messiah born.

The night before that happy tide
The noble virgin and her guide
Were long time seeking up and down
To find a lodging in the town.
But mark how all things came to pass:
From every door repelled, alas!
As long foretold, their refuge all
Was but a humble oxen stall.

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.
“Prepare 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 has foretold,
They did our Savior Christ behold.
Within a manger He was laid,
And by His side the virgin maid
Attending to the Lord of Life,
Who came on earth to end all strife.


Merry Christmas

I hear you singing, my friends.
What a joyous noise we will make unto the Lord
when we all come together.

Remember, you have until midnight in
Hawaii, December 15, to sing-along!

2 Comments:

Blogger Janice Tracy said...

Absolutely beautiful and two of my favorite artists. Thank you for the bit of history and for sharing such lovely music with us.

December 13, 2010 at 8:36 PM  
Blogger Judith Richards Shubert said...

I love your choice, fM. The strains of Irish strings and Allison Krauss are a great combination. Oh, yes, and Yo Yo Ma. I wonder why carols were rare in Ireland in the 12th century? I always appreciate your sharing a bit of history with us, along with the beautiful music.

December 13, 2010 at 8:40 PM  

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