Good King Wenceslas


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Good King Wenceslas" is a popular Christmas carol that tells a story of  
Good King Wenceslas braving harsh winter weather to give alms to a poor  
peasant on the Feast of Stephen (the second day of Christmas, December 26). 
During the journey, his page is about to give up the struggle against the cold 
weather, but is enabled to continue by following the king's footprints, step 
for step, through the deep snow. The legend is based on the life of the 
or Svatý Václav in Czech (907–935)
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Good King Wenceslas drawn by Horace Knowles
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'Good King Wenceslas'
illustrated by Jessie M King
Purchase the first edition from 1919 here




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 George Sheridan Knowles (1863-1931)

Page and Monarch forth they went,
Forth they went together,
Through the rude wind’s wild lament,
And the bitter weather

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'Good King Wenceslas' from an 1879 book by Henry Ramsden Bramley
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'Good King Wenceslas' by Ethel Larcombe
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