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God rest you merry, gentlemen, let nothing you dismay,

For Jesus Christ, our Saviour, was born on Christmas day.

To save us all from Satan’s power when we had gone astray.



Chorus: O tidings of comfort and of joy!

Comfort and joy,

O tidings of comfort and of joy.



From God, our heavenly Father, a blessed angel came

And unto certain shepherds brought tidings of

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 those tidings rejoiced much in mind,

And left their flocks a-feeding in tempest, storm and wind,

And went to Bethlehem straightway, the Blessed Babe to find.



But when to Bethlehem they came, whereat this infant lay,

They found Him in a manger, where oxen feed 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;

This holy tide of Christmas all others doth deface.


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