Thursday, December 15, 2011

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Twelve Days of Traditional Christmas Carols...

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

God rest ye merry Gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay;
Remember Christ our Savior,
Was born on Christmas-day;
To save our souls from Satan's power,
Which long time had gone astray:
This brings Tidings of Comfort and Joy.

Circa 1780-1800 (from "Three new carols for Christmas," Wolverhampton, printed by J. Smart):
[Punctuation reproduced from the original—in this instance there is no comma after "merry."]

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