I don’t think too many of my students know this carol before I teach it to them. While I was doing research, I discovered it wasn’t in any of the many denominations of hymn books I have around my studio. I remember singing it in school and I always liked it. But in today’s world, children are not exposed to Chrismas carols as I was growing up, so I like to teach them to my students.
Even though your students may not know it, they love to hear about the good, kindly king who helped the poor man stay warm during the cold days of winter. It reminds us that not everyone is as fortunate as most of us are.
This is a song with not very many skips, so you always find it in beginning level Christmas books. I shaded the left hand for the beginning students who have trouble knowing which hand to use. Notice that the left hand thumb is on B in my version, but the fingering can easily be changed.