Nursery Rhymes

The Wexford Carol

Wexford Carol Lyrics and Music

The lovely words and lyrics of this treasured hymn begin with "Good people all, this Christmas time" as the first words of this famous Christmas Carol. The name of the author of the lyrics and words of this ancient Christmas Carol, 'Wexford Carol', is unknown but it is likely to have been written in Latin by a member of a religious order in Ireland. There was an ancient Christian monastery on Begerin Island, founded by Saint Ibar of Beggerin, which was situated at the mouth of the River Slaney, overlooking Wexford Harbor in County Wexford, Ireland. It is therefore quite possible that the carol was composed by the monks of this monastery. We hope you enjoy the lyrics of this time-honored Christmas carol.

Wexford Carol Hymn
Title: Wexford Carol *** Name of Composer: Unknown *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Unknown *** Hymns Category: Christmas Carols

Information about the Hymn
Title of Hymn: Wexford Carol
Author of Lyrics: Unknown
Translator of the Hymn lyrics: Translated from Latin to English by Percy Dearmer in 1928
Name of Composer of Music: Unknown
Hymn Category: Christmas Carols
First Line of Hymn: Good people all, this Christmas time
First Publication Date: circa 1360

Wexford Carol Lyrics

Good people all, this Christmas time,
Consider well and bear in mind
What our good God for us has done,
In sending His belovèd Son.
With Mary holy we should pray
To God with love this Christmas Day;
In Bethlehem upon the morn
There was a blest 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 how all things came to pass:
From every door repelled, alas!
As long foretold, their refuge all
Was but a humble oxen stall.

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 has foretold,
They did our Savior Christ behold.
Within a manger He was laid,
And by His side the virgin maid
Attending to the Lord of Life,
Who came on earth to end all strife.

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