"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" Chords & Lyrics

Medieval sheet music
Dea/A. Dagli Orti

Lyrics for "God Rest You Merry Gentlemen" | See Sheet Music

1. God rest you1 merry, gentlemen, let nothing you dismay,
remember Christ our Saviour was born on Christmas Day2
to save us all from Satan's pow'r when we were gone astray;

Chorus:
O, tidings of comfort and joy
... comfort and joy!
O, tidings of comfort and joy.

2. In Bethlehem, in Israel, this bless-ed Babe was born,3
and laid within a manger upon this bless-ed morn;
the which His Mother Mary did nothing take in scorn; (chorus)

3. From God our heavenly Father a bless-ed angel came;
and unto certain shepherds brought tidings of the same,
how that in Bethlehem was born the Son of God by name;

4. "Fear not," then said the angel, "let nothing you affright,
this day is born a Saviour of virtue, pow'r, and might;
so frequently to vanquish all the friends of Satan quite";

5. The shepherds at those tidings rejoic-ed much in mind,
and left their flocks a-feeding in tempest, storm, and wind,
and went to Bethlehem straightway, this bless-ed Babe to find;

6. But when to Bethlehem they came whereat this Infant lay,4
they found Him in a manger where oxen feed on hay;
His Mother Mary kneeling, unto the Lord did pray;

7. 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 others doth deface;5

 

1  see "you" vs. "ye"
2  in early versions of the song, this line reads: "For Jesus Christ our Saviour was born on                           Christmas Day"
3  or "In Bethlehem, in Jury" (or Jewry, meaning Israel)
4  "whereat" or "whereas"
5  or "efface"
 

 

Chord Progression in E Minor

Chord Diagrams: emin | C | B7 | amin | G | D

       Em                                           C                      B7
God rest you merry, gentlemen, let nothing you dismay,

   Em                                            C                            B7
remember Christ our Savior was born on Christmas Day

    Am                    G                             Em                      D
to save us all from Satan's pow'r when we were gone a-stray;

     G            B7               Em                         D
O, tidings of comfort and joy ... comfort and joy!

     G            B7               Em
O, tidings of comfort and joy.
 


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