0030 Good King Wenceslas – Neale/Helmore (1853)

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John Mason Neale.

This Christmas carol was written in 1853 by English hymnwriter John Mason Neale and Thomas Helmore. The tune was based on a 13th century Finnish spring carol Tempus Adest Floridum (The time is near for flowering). The song was sung by The Beatles several times on their 1963 flexi disc The Beatles’ Christmas Record including a mock German version, a comical version with changed lyrics and a slow Jazz version by Ringo. It was also sung by John Lennon on the 1969 flexi disc The Beatles’ Seventh Christmas Record: Happy Christmas 1969.

Now Hear This: The Beatles’ Christmas Record – The Beatles (1963)
The Beatles’ Seventh Christmas Record: Happy Christmas 1969 – The Beatles (1969)

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