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The Wexford Carol lyrics

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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

"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 that 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 upon that morn'
There was a blessed Messiah born

Song Details

Celtic Woman - A Christmas Celebration
A Christmas Celebration

Traditional Irish Christmas Carol

Irish: Carúl Loch Garman, Carúl Inis Córthaidh

Melody: Transcribed by William Grattan Flood - a noted Irish author, composer, musicologist, and historian.

Origins: County Wexford specifically, Enniscorthy

County Wexford: Located in the province of Leinster in the South East Of Ireland

Enniscorthy: The second-largest town in County Wexford.

Brief: The Wexford Carol is a traditional Irish Christmas carol that originates from County Wexford in Ireland. It is one of the oldest known Christmas carols of Irish origin, dating back to the 12th century. The carol is often associated with the Nativity story and is characterized by its serene and contemplative melody.

The lyrics of "The Wexford Carol" tell the story of the birth of Jesus Christ, focusing on the adoration of the shepherds who come to see the newborn baby in the stable, highlighting the significance of the event and the joy it brings to the world.

Covers: Celtic Woman (featured), Cara Dillon, Alison Krauss, The Chieftens, Loreena McKennitt, Judy Collins, The Irish Tenors, Anuna, Cesar Sampson, and many more.

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