Good King Wencelas
The Ames Brothers 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 the 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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Definitive Dubs

Best version of this song. Why are all the others so slow?

scott abelli

you got that==song is classic for this song


This is my favorite recording of this carol! Thankx for poasting!

Deb Normand

I still have my parent's Happy Holidays album that this song came from. Definitely the best version.

Gary Oldroyd

From "There'll Always Be a Christmas" Ames Brothers, RCA Victor, 1955. Arranged and conducted by Sid Ramen. Probably recorded at Webster Hall in New York City. Much great music recorded in that building.

John McAuley

I love the Ames Brothers. They are from Malden Mass.

Emma Anderson

YES I've been looking for this for soooo long. This is definitely the best version of this song. The audio kind of sucks in this video though... I have this on CD so I might make my own video :3

Lucille Nordan

I was 5 when I heard them. Dad was a fan.


I’m 67 and my mom bought me this album when I was 5 and I got my first ‘record player’ for Christmas. I always loved it!

Alan Anderson

Essential Christmas music at our house!

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