The Third Carol of Christmas

        They say the Irish saved civilization. Today they saved my blog.

The wexford carol is a beautiful old Irish song whose tune probably originated in the late 1700's though the words probably go even further about two-hundred years. As I listened to this haunting carol, I was struck by the depth of the words and how more of us could stand to sing this song around Christmas.

It begins with an exhortation reminding us about what Christ has done:
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.

It continues in the next verses to detail the shepherds hearing about Jesus, rejoicing when the see Him and the wise men coming from afar to seek Him.

   Many singers end this song by repeating the first verse again which I find quite appropriate. When we get too overwhelmed with the world's attempt to commercialize Christmas this season, good people, it might be well to "Consider well and bear in mind what our good God for us has done."

 Enjoy this lovely rendition by one of my favorite singers, Julie Andrews
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.
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 right well what came to pass
From every door repelled, alas,
As was foretold, their refuge all
Was but a humble ox's stall.
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 Life
Who came on earth to end all strife.
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 lay
They humbly cast them at his feet
With gifts of gold and incense sweet
      I like to think that as we wrap presents and lay them under the tree in the coming weeks, we will remember the gift of God's son, wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger, that He might bear the sin of many and intercede for us the transgressors.

Share this:


Sarah L. said...

I've never heard this song before, but it's very pretty. thank you for sharing it.

Christianna Hellwig said...

Isn't it though? You're welcome...I'm so glad you enjoyed it and thanks for letting me know! :)