Donna Stewart: The Wexford Carol

FRANK CADOGAN COWPER, R.A., (1877-1958), The Morning of the Nativity signed and dated ‘F.C. COWPER/ MCMVIII’ (upper centre) and further signed and inscribed ‘The Morning of the Nativity/ Frank Cadogan Cowper/ No. 1.’ (on a label on the reverse), pencil, watercolour and bodycolour on artist’s board, 35 ½ x 15 ½ in. (89.5 x 39.4 cm.), Image Source: Christie’s
A beloved 12th century Irish carol with an English text probably dating to the 19th century. From Mignarda’s 2008 release “Duo Seraphim: Lute songs and solos for Advent and Christmastide”.
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 how all things 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 angels did appear
Which put the shepherds in great fear
Prepare 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 the virgin maid
Attending on the Lord of Life
Who came on earth to end all strife.

Thanks for Visiting 🙂


10 Comments Add yours

  1. Hauntingly beautiful…. Ienjoyed it very much, thank you for posting.

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    1. I am so pleased you enjoyed this, Liz. Merry Christmas! ❤️🙂🎄☃️


  2. Merry Christmas. 🎄🎅🏻⛄☃🎁🎄

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    1. Merry Christmas, Dracul! 🙂❤️🎄🎅🏻☃️

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  3. shoreacres says:

    So many of the older carols are unutterably beautiful. They certainly outshine some of our contemporary Christmas music! Merry Christmas to you!

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    1. Merry Christmas, Linda! 🙂🎄☃️🎅🏻

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  4. Dee says:

    Wishing you a blessed Christmas. 🙏🏻

    Thank you for the wonderful posts that you share with us throughout the year. Looking forward to learning even more from your posts in the coming year.

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    1. I appreciate your visits and your kind comments, Dee. Thank you! 🙂❤️☃️🎉


  5. One of my favorite Christmas carols ever. ♥️

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    1. It has become one of my favorites, too, bluebird. Thanks for sharing your. thoughts. 🙂❤️

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