God rest you, merry gentlemen!

 

Verse 1

God rest you merry gentlemen let nothing you dismay!
Remember Christ our Saviour was born on Christmas Day,
To save poor souls from Satan's power long time has been gone astray,
And this brings tidings of comfort and joy.

Verse 2

From God our Heavenly Father these blessed angels came
Down to some certain shepherds brought tidings of the same,
That there was born in Bethlehem the Son of God by name,
And this brings tidings of comfort and joy.

Verse 3

When shepherds heard those tidings they much rejoiced in mind,
They left their flocks a-feeding in tempest, storm and wind,
And straight they ran to Bethlehem the Son of God to find,
And this brings tidings of comfort and joy.

Verse 4

Now when they came to Bethlehem where our sweet Saviour lay,
They found Christ in a manger where oxen fed on hay;
And the Virgin Mary kneeling down unto the Lord did pray,
And this brings tidings of comfort and joy.

Verse 5

And when King Herod heard that this blessed babe was born,
At this he was much grieved, and therefore, in great scorn,
Sent forth to slay young children, which made these parents mourn,
And this brings tidings of comfort and joy.

Verse 6

And Joseph he was warned, all in a dream by night,
The young child and his mother all for to take in flight
To Egypt, for King Herod did seek this babe to slay,
And this brings tidings of comfort and joy.

Verse 7

God bless the ruler of this house and send him long to reign,
And many a merry Christmas may he live to see again!
Both you and all your kindred that live both far and near,
And the Lord send you all a happy New Year!