366. God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen

1 God rest you merry, gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay,
For Jesus Christ our Saviour
Was born upon this day,
To save us all from Satan's power
When we were gone astray;

Refrain:
O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy.

2 In Bethlehem in Judah
This blessedbabe was born,
And laid within a manger
Upon this blessed morn:
For which his mother Mary
Did nothing take in scorn. (Refrain)

3 From God our great Creator
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. (Refrain)

4 The shepherds at those tidings
Rejoiced much in mind,
And left their flocks afeeding
In tempest, storm, and wind,
And went to Bethlehem straightway,
The blessed babe to find. (Refrain)

5 Now to the Lord sing praises,
All you within this place,
And with true love and charity
Each other now embrace;
This holy tide of Christmas
All others shall replace. (Refrain)

Text Information
First Line: God rest you merry, gentlemen
Title: God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
Meter: 8 6 8 6 8 6 with refrain
Scripture: Luke 2:6-18
Source: English carol, 18th C.
Language: English
Refrain First Line: O tidings of comfort and joy
Tune Information
Name: GOD REST YOU MERRY
Harmonizer: John Stainer, 1840-1901
Meter: 8 6 8 6 8 6 with refrain
Key: d minor
Source: English 18th C.



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