By Request, ‘Good King Wenceslaus’

Requested by ElderMike–and I know he likes the Irish Rovers, so here we go: Good King Wenceslaus, by the Irish Rovers.

Historical note: Wenceslaus was Duke of Bohemia in the 10th century, famous for his piety and good works. After death, he was recognized as St. Wenceslaus and promoted posthumously to king by the Pope, in recognition of his unfailing charity. He was murdered and martyred in 935 A.D. by his brother, Boleslaus the Cruel.

2 comments on “By Request, ‘Good King Wenceslaus’

  1. What a story. I was familiar with the name, but never looked into any details.. that I recall, but then there are lots of things I no longer recall.

  2. For as long as I can remember, I knew the melody to this hymn and just the first stanza. Thus, I always wondered why it would be a Christmas carol. A song about a supposed good king, just watching a poor man collect wood in the freezing cold. That was until I read the lyrics yesterday when I looked them up. I am glad the rendition of the Irish Rovers, sang all the stanzas. Yes, it is a very good hymn. Now, I even love the melody and song so much more. Thanks for placing it here.

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