God rest ye merry, gentlemen (West Country tune)

God rest ye merry, gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay,
For Jesus Christ, our Saviour,
Was born upon this day
To save us all from Satan's pow'r
When we were gone astray.

O tidings, O tidings of comfort and joy!
For Jesus Christ, our Saviour,
Was born on Christmas Day.

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.

O tidings, O tidings of comfort and joy!
For Jesus Christ, our Saviour,
Was born on Christmas Day.

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
This blessèd babe to find.

O tidings, O tidings of comfort and joy!
For Jesus Christ, our Saviour,
Was born on Christmas Day.

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 efface.

O tidings, O tidings of comfort and joy!
For Jesus Christ, our Saviour,
Was born on Christmas Day.


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