Today is the second day of Christmas, the Feast of Stephen, and the day when your true love gives you 2 turtle doves plus another partridge in a pear tree. You’ll have 22 turtle doves by January 5!
“Good King Wenceslas” tells the story of Saint Wenceslaus I and his page delivering gifts to a poor peasant on this day.
Grab a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy this great performance of the carol from “The Colbert Report” featuring Michael Stipe, Mandy Patinkin and Stephen Colbert. Lyrics for the song are below.
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Good King Wenceslas looked out, on the Feast of Stephen,
When the snow lay round about, deep and crisp and even;
Brightly shone the moon that night, tho’ the frost was cruel,
When a poor man came in sight, gath’ring winter fuel.
“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 shall 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. “
“Mark my footsteps, good my page. Tread thou in them boldly
Thou shalt find the winter’s rage freeze thy blood less coldly.”
In his master’s steps he trod, where the snow lay dinted;
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.