#1: spring carol Author: Kathy_S, Location: midwestern USPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2007 4:23 pm —
Instantly the orchestra struck up the old spring carol which is better known nowadays as Good King Wenceslas.
Does anyone know where to find the words that make this a "spring
carol?" (assuming it isn't normal for the snow to 'lay round about' at
this time of year, though it persists in doing so....)
#2: Author: Mia, Location: LondonPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2007 4:35 pm — IIRC, the guy who wrote the words of Good King
Wenceslas, used the music from an older piece of music, so maybe that
was about spring? And EBD was referring to the music?
#3: Author: Mel, Location: UP NORTHPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2007 6:16 pm — But the second line is: 'On the feast of Stephen' which is Boxing Day!
#4: Author: Chelsea, Location: Your ImaginationPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2007 6:40 pm — I read it the way Mia did - the Spring Carol had totally different words and that it's tune was used for Good King Wenceslas.
I have no idea of the words for the Spring Carol though.
'It is time for flowering' or 'The Flower Carol' both sound quite spring like
#6: Author: Kathy_S, Location: midwestern USPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2007 9:19 pm — Thank you, Ally! Those words sound both
spring-like and carolish. I may even have seen them back in the dark
ages, but never connected the 'Good King Wenceslas' tune. It fits
ETA Here's what I get out of it. I'm not entirely sure of a few bits, so if anyone has other ideas I won't be at all offended!
Flowering time is here, for the flowers will spring up.
Turning green in all ways, they follow the customary pattern.
That which the cold had damaged, the warmth repairs
We [likewise] resolve to do this, through many labors.
The meadows are full of flowers, with a pleasant appearance
Where it pleases the plants to choose.
By choice grasses and plants rest in winter
The herbage turns green and grows healthy in time
These things show us God the creator beautifully,
Whom we also believe the maker of all things.
O time, therefore merry, for it is pleasing to rejoice!
The world having been renewed, it is proper for us to be renewed.
The earth is ornamented with flowers and with much beauty
Therefore let us rejoice at this pleasant time
with virtuous customs and true love.
Let us praise God from the depth of the soul.
#7: Author: Mrs Redboots, Location: London, UKPosted: Tue Apr 10, 2007 5:08 pm — The translation in the Oxford Book of Carols can be found on Cyber-hymnal (such a useful resource!).