Art & Music

The Wexford Carol

Here’s the tender and and deeply moving 12th century Irish Christmas carol beautifully sung by Alison Krauss. I just wish Mary’s “guide,” Saint Joseph, was named. At Wiki, someone has written the song’s history, the lyrics in English and Gaelic, and numerous recording artists.

“With Mary holy, we should pray

“To God with love, this Christmas Day…”

You may get the Alison Krauss and Yo-Yo Ma recording by clicking here.


Below that is Libera’s lovely and quite different performance in Ireland, which you may get by clicking here. And below that are the lyrics.


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 beloved Son
With Mary holy we should pray,
To God with love this Christmas Day
In Bethlehem upon that morn,
There was a blessed 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 right well what came to pass
From every door repelled, alas
As was foretold, their refuge all
Was but a humble ox’s stall

Near Bethlehem did shepherds keep
Their flocks of lambs and feeding sheep
To whom God’s angel did appear
Which put the shepherds in great fear
Arise 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 had foretold
They did our Saviour Christ behold
Within a manger He was laid
And by His side a virgin maid
Attending on the Lord of Life

Who came on Earth to end all strife

There were three wise men from afar
Directed by a glorious star
And on they wandered night and day
Until they came where Jesus lay
And when they came unto that place
Where our beloved Messiah lay
They humbly cast them at his feet
With gifts of gold and incense sweet.

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