The Wexford Carol

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Collections
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Description

SATB Choir, C-Instrument, and Keyboard. The Wexford Carol is a traditional Irish Christmas carol originating from County Wexford and dating to the 12th century. A fabulous and effective setting of the hauntingly beautiful tune, with the obbligato instrument echoing snippets of other carols at the end of the piece for a great effect. Neat!

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Go,Od people all, this Christmas time,
Consider well and bear in mind,
What our go,Od 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 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 all,
So lowly laid in an ox'es stall.

Go,Od people all, this Christmas time,
Consider well and bear in mind,
What our go,Od God for us has done,
In sending his beloved son.