God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen lyrics


God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

God rest ye merry, gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay
Remember Christ our Saviour
Was born on Christmas Day
To save us all from Satan's power
When we were gone astray.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy;
O tidings of comfort and joy!
From God our Heavenly Father
A blessed angel came
And unto certain shepherds
Brought tidings of the same
How in that Bethlehem was born
The son of God by name
"Fear not," then said the angel
"Let nothing you affright
This day is born a saviour
Of a pure virgin bright
To free all those who trust in him
From Satan's pow'r and might"
The shepherds at those tidings
Rejoiced much in mind,
And left their flocks a-feeding
In tempest, storm and wind
And went to Bethlehem straightaway
This blessed babe to find
But when to Bethlehem they came
Whereat this infant lay
They found him in a manger
Where oxen feed on hay
His mother Mary kneeling
Unto the Lord did pray
Now to the Lord sing praises
All you within this place
And with true love and brotherhood
Each other now embrace
This holy tide of Christmas
All others doth deface
Submitted by Eliot1988Eliot1988 on Thu, 14/03/2019 - 01:26
Last edited by LobolyrixLobolyrix on Mon, 29/11/2021 - 11:00


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Ontano MagicoOntano Magico    Tue, 26/03/2019 - 20:44

The carol “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” published by William Sandys in 1823, is by an anonymous author: you can trace back to 1700 as regards its first publications, in which appears with the words “New Christmas carol” that could make you think to its more recent origins, with the addition in the text of some archaism to make it seem more ancient, like that “ye” of the title instead of “You”. However, many scholars agree that the song originated in 1500 and that the first similar text is “Sit You, Merry Gentlemen” (Bodleian Library – ca 1650)

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