304. God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen

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 Virgin pure and bright,
To free all those who trust in him
From Satan's pow'r and might." [Refrain]

4 Now to the Lord sing praises,
All you within this place,
And with true love and charity
Each other now embrace;
This holy tide of Christmas
Is filled with heavn'ly grace. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: God rest you merry, gentlemen
Title: God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
Refrain First Line: O tidings of comfort and joy
Meter: 86 86 86 with refrain
Language: English
Publication Date: 2012
Topic: The Liturgical Year: Christmas (Days of); The Liturgical Year: The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
Source: Trad. English Carol, 18th cent.
Tune Information
Arranger: John Stainer, 1840-1901
Meter: 86 86 86 with refrain
Key: d minor or modal
Source: Trad. English Carol; Little Book of Christmas Carols, ca. 1846; Arr.: Bramley and Stainer's Christmas Carols New and Old, 1871, alt.

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