Nursery Rhymes

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Lyrics and Music

The rousing words and lyrics of this beloved hymn begin with "God rest ye merry, gentlemen, Let nothing you dismay" as the first words of this famous Christmas Carol. The name of the author of the lyrics and the music to this Medieval Christmas Carol, 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen', have been lost over time but it is likely to have been sung by night watchmen to earn additional money during the Christmas season. English town watchman were formed during the 13th Century following the Ordinance of 1233 to patrol the streets after dark to deter criminal activity. We hope you enjoy the lyrics of this time-honored Christmas carol.

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Hymn
Title: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen *** Name of Composer: Unknown *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Unknown *** Hymns Category: Christmas Carols

History of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Carol - The Waits
The night watchmen were accompanied by musicians called the 'Waits' who carried high-pitched pipes called shawms or hautboys that were similar to the oboe. The Waits Pipes were used to sound alarms to alert the townspeople to any danger. Another role of the early Medieval Waits was to wake the townspeople by playing music in the streets. The duties of the Waits were gradually extended and they evolved into groups of musicians employed by the towns to play music for important town ceremonies and occasions.

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Lyrics

God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember, Christ, our Saviour
Was born on Christmas 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

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

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

"Fear not then," said the Angel,
"Let nothing you affright,
This day is born a Saviour
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

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
The Son of God to find.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

And when they came to Bethlehem
Where our dear Saviour lay,
They found Him in a manger,
Where oxen feed on hay;
His Mother Mary kneeling down,
Unto the Lord did pray.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

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.

Information about the Hymn
Title of Hymn: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Author of Lyrics: Unknown
Translator of the Hymn lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: Unknown
Hymn Category: Christmas Carols
First Line of Hymn: God rest ye merry, gentlemen, Let nothing you dismay
First Publication Date: c1750 and again in 1833 in "Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern

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