Good King Wenceslas Christmas Carol

Good King Wenceslas is a Christmas carol written in 1853 by John Mason Neale and Thomas Helmore. The song embodies the Christmas season of charity and kindness to the less fortunate. This rendition was recorded in 1999 by the Irish Rovers. The song tells the story of a king and his page trodding through the snow during a harsh winter night on the Feast of Stephen, to bring food to a poor man living in the village. The Feast of Stephen falls on December 26.

Good King Wenceslas 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
Gath’ring 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 Saint Agnes’ fountain”

“Bring me mead 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 blows 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

Whole Lotta’ Shakin’ Goin’ On

Jerry Lee Lewis, one of the original recording artists on Sun Recordsat the piano in 1957.  As you can see, it’s impossible not to get up and move.  The link will take you to his website, where you can hear more of Jerry’s music on a 50’s jukebox.  Check out Sun for more get up and move classic rock music.


Do you know that music can help you start an exercise program?  Just pick the music that you like and get up and start moving.

Admit it, when you’re home alone listening to your favorite tunes, don’t you sometimes get up and dance, when no one can see you?  Sure you do.  Just make it more of a regular habit, and then you’ll get a good cardio workout.


  • While you’re dancing around your living room, don’t overdue it.  Start with five to seven minutes, every other day.
  • Gradually increase your workouts to 10 to 15 minutes.
  • While you’re dancing, you should be able to breath, and carry on a simple conversation.  If you’re face is beet red, and you’re gasping for air, you’re overdoing it.
  • Move furniture, and rugs so you don’t trip over them.  The idea is to get healthy exercise, not a broken leg.
  • As you get stronger, increase your exercise time to 20 to 30 minutes daily.  Don’t rush it.  Too much too soon will wear you down, and you’ll get discouraged.

The exercise described in this post isn’t meant to replace the guidance of a personal trainer, in a live setting. Exercises performed incorrectly may result in injury.

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