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519. God rest you merry, gentlemen (kornvala melodio)

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:


O tidings, O tidings of comfort and joy,
For Jesus Christ our Saviour was born on Christmas Day.

2. In Bethlehem in Jewry this blessèd babe was born,
And laid within a manger upon this blessed morn;
The which his mother Mary nothing did take in scorn:

Chorus: O tidings ...

3. From God our heavenly Father a blessèd angel came,
And unto certain shepherds brought tidings of the same,
How that in Bethlehem was born the Son of God by name,

Chorus: O tidings ...

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:

Chorus: O tidings ...

5. The shepherds at those tidings rejoicèd much in mind,
And left their flocks a-feeding, in tempest, storm and wind,
And went to Bethlehem straightway this blessèd babe to find:

Chorus: O tidings ...

6. But when to Bethlehem they came, whereat this infant lay,
They found him in a manger, where oxen feed on hay;
His mother Mary, kneeling, unto the Lord did pray:

Chorus: O tidings ...

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:

Chorus: O tidings ...

Text Information
First Line: God rest you merry, gentlemen
Title: God rest you merry, gentlemen (kornvala melodio)
Original Language: English
Publication Date: 2009
Scripture: Luke 2:9-10
Topic: Christmas
Source: Traditional English Carol, OBC 11
Language: English
Tune Information
Source: Anonymous Cornish carol, first printed 1833

MIDI file: God rest ye merry (Cornish) - fast
MIDI file: God rest ye merry (Cornish) - slow
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