God Rest You Merry Gentlemen





OLD CAROL



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 pow'r

When we were gone astray.

O tidings of comfort and joy!

For Jesus Christ, our Saviour,

Was born on Christmas Day.



In Bethlehem, in Jewry,

This blessed Babe was born.

And laid within a manger,

Upon this blessed morn;

The which His mother, Mary,

Nothing did take in scorn.



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.



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.



The shepherds at those tidings

Rejoiced much in mind,

And left their flocks a-feeding

In tempest, storm, and wind,

And went to Bethlehem straightway,

This blessed Babe to find.



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.



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.

O tidings of comfort and joy!

For Jesus Christ, our Saviour,

Was born on Christmas Day.





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