God rest you merry, Gentlemen

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Christmas Carol, UK

“God rest you merry, Gentlemen” is a traditional Christmas carol from England. We know that it was published in 1833, but the composer is unknown.


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“God rest, you Merry Gentlemen” (instrumental, 3:16 – 4/4 – 145 bpm)


“God rest you Merry, Gentlemen”  lyrics

1. 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 power
When we were gone astray:
O tidings of comfort and joy,
comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy.

2. 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:
O tidings of comfort and joy,
comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy.

3. 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:
O tidings of comfort and joy,
comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy.

4. 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:
O tidings of comfort and joy,
comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy.

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5. 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 other doth deface
O tidings of comfort and joy,
comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy.

“God rest you merry, Gentlemen”  lyrics – 2nd version

1. God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
For Jesus Christ, our Savior
Was born on Christmas Day
To save us all from Satan’s powers
When we were gone astray
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
Oh, tidings of comfort and joy

2. In Bethlehem, in Israel
This blessed Babe was born
And laid within a manger
Upon this blessed morn
The which His Mother Mary
Did nothing take in scorn
O tidings of comfort and joy,
comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy.

3. 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
O tidings of comfort and joy,
comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy.

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4. “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 power and might”
O tidings of comfort and joy,
comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy.

5. 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 other doth deface
O tidings of comfort and joy,
comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy.

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“God rest you merry, Gentlemen”  Music Score with chords in B minor

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“God rest you merry, Gentlemen”  Music Score with chords in D minor

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“God rest you merry, Gentlemen” Teaching ideas

Listen to the 2nd movement (Allegro molto moderato) of the “Carol Symphony” by Victor Hely-Hutchinson. This movement is based on the melody of the song “God rest, you Merry Gentlemen”.

Try to recognize which group of instruments (whether it is strings or winds) plays the melody every time.


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