Weihnachten in England

  • ... so feiert man Christmas in England
  • Good King Wenceslas

    ... englische Weihnachtslieder (Christmas Carols)



    'Good King Wenceslas' wurde im Viktorianischen Zeitalter von John Mason Neale zu einer traditionellen englischen Volksmelodie geschrieben. Es basiert auf einer fiktiven Geschichte des tschechischen Dichters Vaclav Alois Svoboda, die John Mason Neale ins Englische übersetzte. Wenceslas ein böhmischer König, der am Boxing Day bzw. St Stephen's Day von seinem Schloß aus eine Gruppe von Armen sieht und sie mit Essen und Brennholz versorgt.



    Liedtext: Good King Wenceslas

    Good King Wenceslas looked out,

    upon 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 site,

    gathering winter fuel.


    (König)

    Hither page and stand by me!

    I you know it telling:

    yonder man who is he,

    where and what his dwelling?


    (Diener)

    Sir he lives a good way hence,

    underneath the mountain;

    right against the forest fence,

    by Saint Agnes' fountain:


    (König)

    Bring me food and bring me wine,

    bring me pine logs hither:

    you and I will see him dine,

    when we take them thither.


    Page and monarch forth they went,

    forth they went together,

    through the wild wind's loud lament,

    and the bitter weather.


    (Diener)

    Sir the night is darker now,

    and the wind grows stronger;

    fails my heart - I know not how,

    I can go no longer.


    (König)

    Mark my footsteps well my page,

    follow in them boldly:

    you shall find the winter's rage,

    chills your blood less coldly.


    In his masters steps he trod,

    where the snow lay even,

    strong to do the will of God,

    in the hope of Heaven:

    therefore Christians all be sure,

    grace and wealth possessing,

    you that now will bless the poor,

    shall yourselves find blessing.



    Tags: Weihnachtslieder (Christmas Carols) | Weihnachtsbräuche (Christmas Traditions) | Weihnachtswörter (Christmas Words)


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