Let It Snow
Lyrics

Oh the weather outside is frightful,
But the fire is so delightful,
And since we’ve no place to go,
Let it snow.
Let it snow.
Let it snow.

It doesn’t show signs of stopping,
And I’ve bought some corn for popping,
The lights are turned way down low,
Let it snow.
Let it snow.
Let it snow.

When we finally kiss goodnight,
How I’ll hate going out in the storm.
But if you’ll really hold me tight,
All the way home I’ll be warm.

The fire is slowly dying,
And, my dear, we’re still good-bying,
But as long as you love me so,
Let it snow.
Let it snow.
Let it snow.

Let It Snow
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The story told in this song is the legend of St. Wenceslas I when he went out with a page on December 26 (the Feast of Stephen). The purpose of their journey was to help a poor man who was out in the cold gathering sticks for a fire. They took food and fuel to the man. However, during the struggle with the elements the page was overcome with cold. King Weceslas, the Duke of Bohemia, told the boy to follow in his footsteps which would make the journey less difficult.

Wenceslas was a kind man but was assassinated (supposedly by his own brother). His kindness and his assassination quickly gave rise to a cult-like following in the years shortly after his death.

Though Wenceslas lived between 907 and 935 this song was not written until 1853 by John Mason Neale. The tune is Tempus Adest Floridum [The time is near for flowering].

Good King Wenceslas
Lyrics

Good King Wenceslas looked 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 him 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 not how,
I can go no longer.”
“Mark my footsteps, my good 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

Good King Wenceslas
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How Should a King Come? is a newer Christmas carol, but will probably quickly become a beloved song for the next generation. This beautiful song was written in the late 1980s by Jimmy and Carol Owens.

How Should A King Come?
Lyrics

How should a King come?

Even a child knows the answer of course,
In a coach of gold with a pure white horse.
In the beautiful city in the prime of the day,
And the trumpets should cry
and the crowds make way.

And the flags fly high in the morning sun,
And the people all cheer for the sovereign one.
And everyone knows that’s the way that it’s done.
That’s the way that a King should come.

How should a King come?

Even a commoner understands,
He should come for His treasures,
And His houses and lands.
He should dine upon summer strawberries and milk,
And sleep upon bedclothes of satin and silk.

And high on a hill His castle should glow,
With the lights of the city like jewels below.
And everyone knows that’s the way that it’s done,
That’s the way that a King should come.

How should a King come?

On a star filled night into Bethlehem,
Rode a weary woman and a worried man.
And the only sound in the cobblestone street,
Was the shuffle and the ring of their donkey’s feet.

And a King lay hid in a virgin’s womb,
And there were no crowds to see Him come.
At last in a barn in a manger of hay,
He came and God incarnate lay.

And the angels cried: “Glory! Glory to God!”
Earth was silent so heaven rang: “Glory! Glory to God!”
Men were dumb so the angels sang: “Glory! Glory to God!
Peace on earth good will to men, Glory! Glory to God!
Christ is born in Bethlehem!”

“Glory to God! Glory in the Highest!
Glory to God! Glory in the Highest!
Glory to God!”

How Should A King Come?
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There are various versions of this popular Christmas carol. Here is the one we know and enjoy.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Lyrics 

We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year.

Good tidings we bring to you and your kin
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year.

Now! bring us some figgy pudding
Now! bring us some figgy pudding
Now! bring us some figgy pudding
and a cup of good cheer.

And we won’t go until we get some
And we won’t go until we get some
And we won’t go until we get some
so bring some out here.

We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas
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