X:1 T:The Wexford Carol (2) C:Arranged for NAF by Robert Gatliff (half-hole version) C:Traditional Irish Carol M:3/4 L:1/4 K:E F B B/ ^A/ | B3 | c d e | f3 | d e d | B F2 | G ^A B | ^A3 | F B B/ ^A/ | B3 | c d e | f3 | d e f | d B2 | c B B | B3 | B B ^a | f e2 | c =d e | =d3 | f/e/ =d c | B F2 | G ^A B | ^A3 | F B B/ ^A/ | B3 | c d e | f3 | d e f | d B2 | c B B | B3 |] W: W:1) Good people all, this Christmas time, W:Consider well and bear in mind W:What our good God for us has done W:In sending his beloved son W:With Mary holy we should pray, W:To God with love this Christmas Day W:In Bethlehem upon that morn, W:There was a blessed Messiah born. W: W:2) The night before that happy tide W:The noble virgin and her guide W:Were long time seeking up and down W:To find a lodging in the town. W:But mark how all things came to pass: W:From every door repelled, alas! W:As long foretold, their refuge all W:Was but a humble oxen stall. W: W:3) Near Bethlehem did shepherds keep W:Their flocks of lambs and feeding sheep; W:To whom God's angels did appear W:Which put the shepherds in great fear. W:'Prepare and go', the angels said, W:'To Bethlehem, be not afraid; W:For there you'll find, this happy morn, W:A princely Babe, sweet Jesus born.' W: W:4) With thankful heart and joyful mind, W:The shepherds went the babe to find, W:And as God's angel has foretold, W:They did our Savior Christ behold. W:Within a manger He was laid, W:And by His side the virgin maid W:Attending to the Lord of Life, W:Who came on earth to end all strife. W:
Arrangement Note: This arrangement requires the often difficult half-hole note. This songbook also provides an alternative arrangement that uses a substitution for the pair of half-holes.