Now, don’t cry again…
And, don’t swear, either, when I tell you we’re not illustrating Shakespeare as part of our family Advent Calendar this year!
But, fear not, revellers! We’ve got one of the most beautifully written carols of all time on the drawing board this year…
That’s right, this year, we are illustrating J.M. Neale’s “Good King Wenceslas.” Today, the kids will render this poem in pictures, either in a series of large book illustrations or in “cartoon” mode.
Good King Wenceslas
Lyrics by J.M.Neale, to the 16c tune of “Tempest Adest Floridum”
Good King Wenceslas look’d 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 flesh, and bring me wine,
Bring me pine-logs hither:
Thou and I will see him dine,
When we bear them 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 now how,
I can go no longer.”
“Mark my footsteps, good my 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.
Here’s a fun article about the carol from the Telegraph.
And, here’s a choral version with images and text:
How would you render this song? Show us your stuff!!