The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

God Rest You Merry Gentlemen

For Christmas

Words: English Traditional
God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen - Notes

Music: "Tidings of Comfort and Joy" as found in "The overthrow of proud Holofernes, and the
Triumph of virtuous Queen Judith," the Halliwell Collection of Broadsides, No. 263, Chetham

Meter: 86 86 86 10

Source: G. Walters, A Good Christmas Box (Dudley: G. Walters, 1847; reprinted Ashley: Michael Raven, 2007), p. 39.

God rest you Merry Gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay,
Remember Christ our Savior.
Was born on Christmas day.
To save our souls from Satan's power,
Which long had gone astray,
And it is tidings of comfort and joy.

From God that is our Father,
The blessed Angels came,
Unto some certain Shepherds,
With tidings of the same,
That there was born in Bethlehem,
The Son of God by name,
And it is tidings of comfort and joy.

Go, fear not, said God's Angels,
Let nothing you affright,
For there is born in Bethlehem,
Of a pure Virgin bright,
One able to advance you,
And throw down Satan quite,
And it is tidings of comfort and joy.

The Shepherds at those tidings,
Rejoiced much in mind,
And left their flocks a feeding,
In tempestuous storms of wind,
And straight they came to Bethlehem,
The son of God to find,
And it is tidings of comfort and joy.

Now when they came to Bethlehem,
Where our sweet Jesus lay,
They found him in a manger,
Where oxen fed on hay;
The blessed Virgin kneeling down,
Unto the Lord did pray,
And it is tidings of comfort and joy.

With sudden joy and gladness,
The Shepherds were beguil'd.
To see the babe of Israel,
Before his mother mild,
Oh then with joy and cheerfulness,
Rejoice each mother's child,
And it is tidings of comfort and joy.

Now to the Lord sing praises,
All you within this place,
Like we true loving brethren,
Each other to embrace,
For the merry time of Christmas,
Is drawing on apace,
And it is tidings of comfort and joy.

God bless the ruler of this house;
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.

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