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God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

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God rest ye merry, gentlemen, let nothing you dismay

Published in 118 hymnals

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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. [Refrain]

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." [Refrain]

4 The shepherds at those tidings
rejoiced much in mind,
and left their flocks afeeding,
in tempest, storm, and wind,
and went to Bethlehem straightway,
this blessed Babe to find. [Refrain]

6 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. [Refrain]

Source: Psalms and Hymns to the Living God #250

Text Information

First Line: God rest ye merry, gentlemen, let nothing you dismay
Title: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Meter: with refrain
Source: English carol, 18th cent.
Language: English
Refrain First Line: O tidings of comfort and joy
Copyright: Public Domain



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