God Rest You Merry Gentlemen

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Verse 1:
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God rest you merry, gentlemen,
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Let nothing you dis-may
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Re - member Christ our Saviour
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Was born on Christmas Day,
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To  save us all from Satan's  pow'r
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When we were gone a-stray:
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O     tidings of com   - fort and joy,
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Comfort and joy!
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O    tidings of com -   fort and joy!
Verse 2:
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In Beth-le-hem, in Jewry,
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This bles-sed babe was  born;
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And  laid within a manger
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U - pon this blessed   morn:
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The which His mother Ma  -   ry
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Did nothing take in scorn:
Verse 3:
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From God, our heavenly Father,
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A bles-sed angel came;
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And unto certain shepherds
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Brought tidings of the same,
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How that  in Beth-le-hem   was born
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The Son  of God by name: 
Verse 4:
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'Fear not,' then said the angel,
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'Let nothing you aff - right;
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This day is born a Saviour
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Of  a   pure virgin bright,
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To  free all those who trust in Him
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From Satan's power and might:'
Verse 5:
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The shep-herds at those tidings
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Re-joiced much in mind,
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And left   their flocks a-feeding
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In tem-pest, storm and wind:
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And went to Bethlehem straight-a-way
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The Son of God to find: 
Verse 6:
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But when they came to Bethlehem
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Where our dear Saviour  lay,
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They found Him in a manger
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Where oxen feed on hay;
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His mother Mary kneeling down
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Un-to  the Lord did pray:
Verse 7:
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Now to  the Lord sing praises,
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All you within this place,
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And with true love and fellowship
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Each other now em - brace;
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This holy tide of Christ  -  mas
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All bitterness dis - place:

God rest you merry, gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay,
Remember Christ our Savior
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 Jewry,
This blessèd babe was born;
And laid within a manger
Upon this blessèd morn:
The which His mother Mary
Did nothing take in scorn:

From God, our heavenly Father,
A blessèd 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 Savior
Of a pure virgin bright,
To free all those who trust in Him
From Satan’s power and might:’

The shepherds at those tidings
Rejoicèd much in mind,
And left their flocks a-feeding,
In tempest, storm and wind:
And went to Bethlehem straightaway,
The Son of God to find:

But when they came to Bethlehem
Where our dear Savior lay,
They found Him in a manger
Where oxen feed on hay;
His mother Mary kneeling down
Unto the Lord did pray:

Now to the Lord sing praises,
All you within this place,
And with true love and fellowship
Each other now embrace;
This holy tide of Christmas
All bitterness displace:

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