The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

For Christmas

Alternate Title: A Christmas Carol

Compare: God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen - Sandys

Words: Dinah Maria Mulock Craik (1826 - 1887)

Music: L. H. Redner
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF / XML

Source: Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins, Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916), Carol #509.

See Notes to 'God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen'

1. God rest you merry, gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay.
For Jesus Christ our Saviour,
Was born on Christmas Day;
The dawn rose red o'er Bethlehem
The stars shone thro the grey,
When Jesus Christ our Saviour
Was born on Christmas day.

When Jesus Christ our Savior
Was born on Christmas day.1

2. God rest ye little children,
Let nothing you affright,
For Jesus Christ your Saviour
Was born this happy night;
Along the hill of Bethlehem
The white flocks sleeping lay,
When Christ the child of Nazareth
Was born on Christmas Day. Chorus

3. God rest ye all good Christians,
Upon this blessed morn,
The Lord of all good Christians
Was of a woman born;
Now all your sorrows He doth heal,
Your sins He takes away,
For Jesus Christ our Saviour,
Was born on Christmas Day. Chorus


1. The chorus does not occur in all version. Return

The sheet music below is by L. H. Redner from Charles L. Hutchins, "Carols Old and Carols New", Carol 509
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF / XML

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