Good King Wenceslas tells the story of the 10th century ruler of Bohemia who was revered for his kindness and generosity to the poor. Wenceslas was also known as Vaclav the Good, and when he was murdered by his brother Boleslaw the Bad, Wenceslas was a made a martyr saint.
We do not know the composer of the melody of the carol, but the earliest written version is in a collection of songs from the sixteenth century. John Mason Neale, who also translated the text of Good Christian Men, Rejoice, wrote the lyrics to Good King Wenceslas.
Select the song image below for a printable PDF of Good King Wenceslas or scroll down for links to many more arrangements in seven different keys in treble, bass, and alto clefs. You can also view and print the lyrics to Good King Wenceslas. The wind, brass, and string arrangements of the carol are all in the key of concert C, so all of those instruments can play the song together.
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More keys! Select a link below for a printable PDF of Good King Wenceslas in any of the following keys, for treble, bass, and alto clef.