Our American Holidays - Christmas/God Rest You Merry Gentlemen

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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
    Rejoicèd 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.