The Wexford Carol

by Queen of Corkbots

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Track of the Month (TOTM) for December is the rather lovely Wexford Carol, allegedly one of the oldest carols in Europe. William Flood (1959-1928) - organist and musical director at St Aidan's Cathedral, Enniscorthy - transcribed the carol from a local singer and had it published in the Oxford Book of Carols helping to put it on the world map.

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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.

Near Bethlehem did shepherds keep
Their flocks of lambs and feeding sheep;
To whom God's angels did appear,
Which put the shepherds in great fear.
"Prepare 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 the Virgin Maid,
As long foretold, there was a blessed Messiah born

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released December 21, 2016
Created by Queen of Corkbots. Grateful thanks to Myles Cochran for assistance with the mix and master. Dedicated to the memory of my Nana, Annie Winifred McVittie, who was laid to rest on 21st December 2016.

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