The Wexford Carol

Bluegrass aficionados will likely recognize the name Alison Krauss, the American bluegrass-country singer who became well known for her part with the Coen brothers’ movie “Brother, Where are Thou?” while classical music enthusiasts will likely recognize the name Yo-Yo Ma, the accomplished Chinese-American cellist.

So what happens when you bring together a bluegrass singer and a classical cellist to sing a 12th century Irish Christmas carol? You get this–a beautiful rendition of the Wexford Carol. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

Here are the English lyrics (not all of which are sung in the video):

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 this 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.

Merry Christmas!


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