Wexford Carol

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Irish traditional carol / Ireland ( アイルランド) 12C
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 pay
To God with love this Christmas day!
In Bethlehem upon that morn
There was a blessed 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 an humble ox’s stall.

There were three wise men from afar
Directed by a glorious star,
And on they wandered night and day
Until they came where Jesus lay.
And when they came unto that place
Where our beloved Messiah was,
They humbly cast them at his feet,
With gifts of gold and incense sweet.

Near Bethlehem did shepherds keep
Their flocks of lams 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;
Fore 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 the virgin maid,
Attending on the Lord of life,
Who came on earth to end all strife.


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ロリーナ・マケニットのアルバムで初めて出会った曲。この温かく美しいメロディー、静かで温かなクリスマスの夜を思わせる。
大好きなキャロルで、ステンドグラス美術館やクリスマスコンサートでは欠かせない曲になっている。
(小島 美紀)
"ウェックスフォード"と聞いて、アイルランドの地方のことかと思いきや、 カントリー・ウェックスフォードさんというフォークシンガーによる収集が由来なんだと。。。
なんか面白いですねぇ。
(小島 崇)