God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Hymn)

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
William B. Sandys (1833)

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!

In Bethlehem in Jewry
This blessed Babe was born,
And laid within a manger
Upon this blessed morn;
The which his mother Mary
Nothing did take in scorn.


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.


‘Fear not,’ then said the angel,
‘Let nothing you affright;
This day is born a Saviour
Of virtue, power and might,
So frequently to vanquish all
The friends of Satan quite.’


The shepherds at these 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.


But when to Bethlehem they came,
Whereat this Infant lay,
They found him in a manger
Where oxen fed on hay;
His mother Mary, kneeling,
Unto the Lord did pray.


Now to the Lord sing praises,
All you within this place,
And with true love and brotherhood
Each other now embrace.
The holy tide of Christmas
All others doth efface.


It is now after Thanksgiving and that means it’s the Christmas season.Ā  With the Christmas season, it’s time to start singing Christmas hymns (which I personally like to sing all year long).

My favourite part of this hymn is in the first verse: Jesus came to Earth to “Save us all from Satan’s power, when we were gone astray.”Ā  That is why He came, and that is why we celebrate Christmas!

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you, Ben

    Beautiful!! Thanks for sharing šŸ™‚

    (I look forward to your Christmas posts)



  2. Yay . . .Christmas hymns! Thank you, Ben. Our local Christian radio station plays 100% Christmas music after Thanksgiving. It makes me smile!
    God bless you as you celebrate Jesus!


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