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Good King Wenceslas

Posted on: December 23, 2014

Something to really think about…

SMILING CARCASS'S TWO-PENNETH

I finished work for Christmas this morning at 6am.

While at work, I was singing along to myself, as I often do and eventually got around to ‘Good King Wenceslas’. As I began, I thought about the words.

Did Wenceslas say to the poor man ‘we won’t give you something for nothing or you’ll become dependent on it and won’t learn to help yourself’; no, he made preparations to feed and warm the man in his [Wenceslas’s] own home.

Did he go out and take his gathered fuel, telling him he was doing him a favour, since gathering more would keep him warm and he’d burn less fuel?; no, he bade his page fetch pine logs to warm the man.

Did he offer the poor man his gathered wood back in exchange for doing a few jobs around the castle?; no, he called for ‘flesh and wine’ to feed him.

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