209. God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen

1 God rest you merry, gentlemen,
let nothing you dismay,
remember Christ our Saviour
was born on Christmas Day
to save us all from Satan's power
when we were gone astray.

O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy.

2 From God our heavenly 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 power and might." (Refrain)

4 Now to the Lord sing praises,
all you within this place,
and with true love and gentleness
each other now embrace;
this holy tide of Christmas
all others doth deface. (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: Irregular, with refrain
Language: English
Publication Date: 1985
Source: English carol, 18th century
Tune Information
Meter: Irregular, with refrain
Key: e minor
Source: Traditional melody; Bramley & Stainer, Christmas Carols Old and New (1871) ( harmonized in)

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