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Neale, John Mason

(nēl), 1818–66, English clergyman, historian, and hymn writer, grad. Trinity College, Cambridge, 1840. An enthusiastic supporter of the High Church movement, he was under the inhibition (i.e., not allowed to perform any ministerial duties) of his bishop from 1846 to 1863. From 1846 until his death he was warden of Sackville College, East Grinstead, Sussex, a charitable institution for the aged; there he wrote voluminously—history, theology, travel books, poems, hymns, and books for children. A nursing sisterhood which he had founded elsewhere was moved to East Grinstead in 1856 and continued there as St. Margaret's Sisterhood. He is best known for his numerous translations of Greek and Latin hymns. In 1859 appeared his translation of a sizable part of Bernard of Cluny's De contemptu mundi, from which several of Neale's best-known hymns are taken.


See A. G. Lough, The Influence of John Mason Neale (1962).

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GOOD KING WENCESLAS Written around 1853 by John Mason Neale, with Scandanavian music There really was a Wenceslas - Vaclav in Czech - although he was Duke of Bohemia, rather than a king.
Furthermore, the words you are singing were, I believe, written by John Mason Neale in 1853, but the tune is an old Finnish spring hymn dating back to the 16th century which was originally accompanied by joyous dancing and was about the arrival of the New Year's flowers and had nothing to do with Christmas or snow.
It's clear that John Mason Neale who wrote the carol had never worked out the finer points of the story.