God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

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1 God rest you merry, gentlemen,
let nothing you dismay,
remember Christ our Savior
was born on Christmas Day
To save us all from Satan's pow'r
when we were gone astray.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
comfort and joy;
O tidings of comfort and joy.

2 From God our heav'nly 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 Savior
of a pure virgin bright,
to free all those who trust in Him
from Satan's pow'r 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 new embrace;
this holy tide of Christmas
all other doth deface.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
comfort and joy;
O tidings of comfort and joy.


Source: Hymns to the Living God #135

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First Line: God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Title: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Meter: 8.6.8.6.8.6 with refrain
Source: English carol, 18th cent.; English carol
Refrain First Line: O tidings of comfort and joy

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