166. God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen

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 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.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy;
O tidings of comfort and joy.

3 "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."
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy;
O tidings of comfort and joy.

4 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.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy;
O tidings of comfort and joy.

Text Information
First Line: God rest you merry, gentlemen
Title: God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
Publication Date: 1955
Meter: Irregular with Refrain
Scripture: Luke 2:10-11; 1 Timothy 1:15
Topic: Christ: Birth and Infancy; Christ: Saviour; Fellowship (1 more...)
Source: English carol, 18th century
Refrain First Line: O tidings of comfort and joy
Tune Information
Name: GOD REST YOU MERRY
Meter: Irregular with Refrain
Key: e minor
Source: Har. in Christmas Carols Old and New, 1871; English Melody, 18th century



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