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To Drive The Cold Winter Away The Wexford Carol
Credits: Traditional
Appears On: To Drive The Cold Winter Away
Language: English
Other Versions: "The Wexford Carol" on Anúna's album Songs For A Celtic Christmas
"The Wexford Carol" on Moya Brennan's album An Irish Christmas
"The Wexford Carol" on Katie McMahon's album Celtic Christmas


Good people all this Christmastime
Consider well and bear in mind
What our good God for us has done
In sending His beloved Son
With Mary holy we should pray
To God with love this Christmas day
In Bethlehem upon that morn
There was a blessed Messiah born

The night before that happy tide
The noble virgin and her guide
Were long time seeking up and down
To find a lodging in the town
But mark how all things came to pass
From every door repelled, alas
As long foretold, their refuge all
Was but an humble ox's stall

There were three wise men from afar
Directed by a glorious star
And on they wandered night and day
Until they came where Jesus lay
And when they came unto that place
Where our beloved Messiah was
They humbly cast them at His feet
With gifts of gold and incense sweet

Near Bethlehem did shepherds keep
Their flocks of lambs and feeding sheep
To whom God's angels did appear
Which put the shepherds in great fear
"Prepare and go," the angels said
"To Bethlehem, be not afraid
For there you'll find this happy morn
A princely babe, sweet Jesus born"

With thankful heart and joyful mind
The shepherds went the babe to find
And as God's angel had foretold
They did our savior Christ behold
Within a manger He was laid
And by His side the virgin maid
Attending on the Lord of life
Who came on earth to end all strife