God Rest You Merry Gentlemen

Christmas Carol - God Rest You Merry Gentlemen

This carol originated in London and has been sung for over 400 years. The words are traditional.

1. God rest you 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

2. In Bethlehem, in Jewry
The blessed babe was born
And laid within a manger
Upon this blessed morn
The which His Mother Mary
Did nothing take in scorn

3. From God our Heavenly Father
A blessed Angel came
And unto certain shepherds
Brought tidings of the same
How that in Bethlehem was born
The Son of God by name

4. "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 power and might"

5. The shepherds at those tidings
Rejoicèd much in mind
And left their flocks a-feeding
In tempest, storm and wind
And went to Bethlehem straightway
The Son of God to find

6. And when they came to Bethlehem
Where our dear Saviour lay
They found Him in a manger
Where oxen feed on hay
His Mother Mary kneeling down
Unto the Lord did pray

7. 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 other doth deface

8. God bless the ruler of this house
And send him long to reign
And many a merry Christmas
May he live to see again
Among his friends and kindred
That live both far and near
And God send you a Happy New Year
Happy New Year
And God send you a Happy New Year

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