The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

God Rest You, Noble Gentlemen

For Christmas

Words: Unknown

Music: Not Stated

See God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen - Notes

Source: W.K., ed., Gathered Riches from the older Poets. A.D. 1340-1699. (London: Houlston and Wright, 1865), pp. 12-14.

1. GOD rest you, noble gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay,
For Jesus Christ our Saviour
Was born upon this day,
To save us all from Satanís power,
When we were gone astray.
    O tidings of comfort and joy,
    For Jesus Christ, our Saviour, was
    Born on Christmas day.

2. In Bethlehem, in Jewry,
This blessed babe was born,
And laid within a manger,
Upon this blessed morn ;
The which his mother Mary
Nothing did take in scorn.
    O tidings, &c.

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.
    O tidings, &c.

4. Fear not, then said the angel,
Let nothing you affright,
This day is born a Saviour,
Of virtue, power, and might,
So frequently to vanquish all
The friends of Satan quite.
    O tidings, &c.

5. The Shepherds at those tidings
Rejoiced much in mind,
And left their flocks a-feeding,
In tempest, storm, and wind,
And went to Bethlehem straightway
This blessed babe to find.
    O tidings, &c.

6. And when to Bethlehem they came,
Whereas this infant lay,
They found Him in a manger
Where oxen feed on hay;
His mother, Mary, kneeling,
Unto the Lord did pray.
    O tidings, &c.

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 others doth deface.
    O tidings, &c.

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