This is an interesting version of Good King Wenceslas. Has anyone ever heard this arrangement?
I haven’t and would have never known about it had I not received the Blackmore’s Night CD as a Christmas gift over a decade ago.
The second verse appears in Beyond the Precipice for its symbolism and relevance to the story.
“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.”
*bread in some versions, flesh in others.
Today’s Christmas song is posted by mortuusflosamori.