MP3 added the by flutedouce. Add comment. Composer :. Christmas - Carols. But his deeds I think you know better than I could tell you; for, as is read in his Passion , no one doubts that, rising every night from his noble bed, with bare feet and only one chamberlain, he went around to God's churches and gave alms generously to widows, orphans, those in prison and afflicted by every difficulty, so much so that he was considered, not a prince, but the father of all the wretched.
Several centuries later the legend was claimed as fact by Pope Pius II ,  who himself also walked ten miles barefoot in the ice and snow as an act of pious thanksgiving. Although Wenceslas was, during his lifetime, only a duke, Holy Roman Emperor Otto I — posthumously "conferred on [Wenceslas] the regal dignity and title" and that is why, in the legend and song, he is referred to as a "king".
The tune is that of "Tempus adest floridum" "Eastertime has come" , a 13th-century spring carol in 76 76 Doubled Trochaic metre first published in the Finnish song book Piae Cantiones in Piae Cantiones is a collection of seventy-four songs compiled by Jacobus Finno , the Protestant headmaster of Turku Cathedral School , and published by Theodoric Petri, a young Catholic printer. The book is a unique document of European songs intended not only for use in church, but also schools, thus making the collection a unique record of the late medieval period.
A text beginning substantially the same as the "Piae" version is also found in the German manuscript collection Carmina Burana as CB , where it is substantially more carnal; CB has clerics and virgins playing the "game of Venus" goddess of love in the meadows, while in the Piae version they are praising the Lord from the bottom of their hearts. The text of Neale's carol bears no relationship to the words of "Tempus Adest Floridum". Mark's College, Chelsea. The book was entirely unknown in England at that time.
As a member of the Tractarian Oxford Movement , Neale was interested in restoring Catholic ceremony, saints days and music back into the Anglican church. The gift from G. Gordon gave him the opportunity to use medieval Catholic melodies for Anglican hymn writing.
One of the chapters told the legend of St Wenceslas and his footsteps melting the snow for his page: . For his publication Carols for Christmas-tide he adapted his earlier prose story into a poem, and together with the music editor Thomas Helmore added the words to the melody in Piae Cantiones , adding a reference to Saint Stephen's Day 26 December , making it suitable for performance on that Saint's Day. The hymn's lyrics take the form of five eight-line stanzas in four-stress lines.
Lines 1, 3, 5, and 7 end in single-syllable so-called masculine rhymes, and lines 2, 4, 6, and 8 with two-syllable "feminine" rhymes. In the English tradition, two-syllable rhymes are generally associated with light or comic verse, which may be part of the reason some critics have demeaned Neale's lyrics as "doggerel".
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