December 12
"God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen"

205 S. High St.

God rest ye 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.

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.


"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."


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

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.

Traditional English carol.
Early version of carol found in 1650s manuscript.
Earliest known publication c. 1760.

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