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GonzoSingGoodKingWenceslas
Gonzo sings the song in A Muppet Family Christmas.
Music by: from Piae Cantiones
Lyrics by: John Mason Neale
Date: music, 13th cent.; lyrics, 19th cent.
Publisher: public domain
Buford singing Good King Wenceslas

Baljeet and Buford perform the song in "A Phineas and Ferb Family Christmas".

"Good King Wenceslas" is a traditional Christmas carol. It tells a story about a historical figure, St. Wenceslas I, Duke of Bohemia (907-935). In it, the good king and his servant bring food and wood to a peasant on St. Stephen's Day, which is December 26th. The servant grows cold, but his master is so saintly that he leaves heat in the ground where he passes, leading to the concluding moral that "Ye who now will bless the poor, shall yourself find blessing."

In Christmas specials and albums

Lyrics

Good King Wenceslas looked out on the feast of Stephen
When the snow lay round about deep and crisp and even
Brightly shone the moon that night though the frost was cruel
When a poor man came in sight gathering winter fuel

Hither page and stand by me if thou know'st it telling
Yonder peasant who is he where and what his dwelling
Sire he lives a good league hence underneath the mountain
Right against the forest fence by St. Agnes' fountain

Bring me flesh and bring me wine bring me pine logs hither
Thou and I will see him dine when we bear him thither
Page and monarch forth they went forth they went together
Through the rude wind's wild lament and the bitter weather

Sire the night is darker now and the wind blow stronger
Fails my heart I know not how I can go no longer
Mark my footsteps my good page tread thou in them boldly
Thou shalt find the winter's rage freeze thy blood less coldly

In his master's steps he trod where the snow lay dinted
Heat was in the very sod which the Saint had printed
Therefore Christian men be sure wealth or rank possessing
Ye who now will bless the poor shall yourselves find blessing

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