Good King Wenceslas

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Traditional Music
Lyrics by John Mason Neale

VERSE 1

G         Em D  G   C      D 
Good King Wenceslas looked out 

C  G   C     D7 G 
On the feast of Stephen,

         Em   D   G     C D 
When the snow lay round about,

C    G   C     D7  G 
Deep and crisp and even;

      C  G     D   G    D    Em 
Brightly shone the moon that night,

C      G   C     D7  G 
Though the frost was cruel,

       C    D7  Em      D 
When a poor man came in sight,

G    C    G  D   Em C G 
Gath'ring winter fu---el. 

  
VERSE 2

 G       Em    D   G     C  D 
"Hither, page, and stand by me,

C  G    C       D7  G 
If thou know'st it, telling,

       Em  D    G   C  D 
Yonder peasant, who is he?

C     G   C    D7  G 
Where and what his dwelling?" 

       C  G     D G    D      Em 
"Sire, he lives a good league hence,

C  G  C    D7  G 
Underneath the mountain;

       C      D7  Em     D 
Right against the forest fence,

G  C     G  D   Em   C G 
By Saint Agnes' foun---tain." 

  
VERSE 3 

 G        Em     D   G     C  D 
"Bring me flesh, and bring me wine,

C     G  C    D7   G 
Bring me pine logs hither.

         Em D   G   C   D 
Thou and I will see him dine,

C    G  C    D7   G 
When we bear them thither." 

     C   G  D    G     D    Em 
Page and monarch forth they went,

C     G    C    D7 G 
Forth they went together;

            C    D7     Em     D 
Through the rude wind's wild lament 

G   C   G  D   Em   C  G 
And the bitter weath---er. 

  
VERSE 4

 G         Em    D  G   C  D 
"Sire, the night is darker now,

C   G   C    D7    G 
And the wind blows stronger;

         Em     D G    C   D 
Fails my heart, I know not how,

C G   C  D7 G 
I can go no longer." 

      C  G   D      G  D    Em 
"Mark my footsteps, my good page,

C     G    C  D7   G 
Tread thou in them boldly:

           C    D7  Em       D 
Thou shalt find the winter's rage 

G      C   G     D    Em   C G 
Freeze thy blood less cold---ly." 

  
VERSE 5

G      Em D     G     C  D 
In his master's steps he trod,

C     G   C    D7  G 
Where the snow lay dinted;

         Em D   G  C D 
Heat was in the very sod 

C     G   C     D7  G 
Which the saint had printed;

     C     G    D    G    D  Em 
Therefore, Christian men, be sure,

C      G  C    D7 G 
Wealth or rank possessing,

       C   D7   Em        D 
Ye who now will bless the poor,

G     C   G      D    Em    C G 
Shall yourselves find bless---ing. 

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Banjo C Major D Major D7 E Minor G Major
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Mandolin C Major D Major D7 E Minor G Major
Piano C Major D Major D7 E Minor G Major
Tin Whistle C Major D Major D7 E Minor G Major
Ukulele C Major D Major D7 E Minor G Major

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