Subscribe: by Email | in Reader

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen -- Trad

Merry Christmas!
(Poem #647) God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
 God rest ye merry gentlemen,
 Let nothing you dismay.
 Remember Christ our Saviour
 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 blessed Babe was born,
 And laid within a manger,
 Upon this blessed morn;
 The which His mother Mary
 Did nothing take in scorn:
 O tidings of comfort and joy.
 Comfort and joy,
 O tidings of comfort and joy.

 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,
 O tidings of comfort and joy,
 Comfort and joy,
 O tidings of comfort and joy.

 "Fear not" then said the angel,
 "Let nothing you affright,
 This day is born a Saviour,
 Of a pure virgin bright,
 To free all those who trust in Him,
 From Satan's power and might",
 O tidings of comfort and joy,
 Comfort and joy,
 O tidings of comfort and joy.

 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
 This blessed Babe to find:
 O tidings of comfort and joy
 Comfort and joy,
 O tidings of comfort and joy.

 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:
 O tidings of comfort and joy.
 Comfort and joy,
 O tidings of comfort and joy.

 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,
 O tidings of comfort and joy,
 Comfort and joy,
 O tidings of comfort and joy.
-- Trad
I've been meaning to run a carol for a while now - the problem is, most of
them depend as much on the music as they do on the lyrics, and it's hard to
imagine one without the other.

In the end, I decided not to bother about which carols made the best
standalone poems, and simply run one of my favourite ones. Like most carols,
this one has survived (with minor variations) for an excellent reason - both
the words and the music have a timeless beauty that the slightly archaic
language does nothing to detract from. Also, unlike many other carols, 'God
Rest Ye Merry Gentelmen' doesn't give me the feeling that it was written in
distinct stages, with later verses added long after the original ones were
written and popularised[1].

[1] My other favourite carol, 'O Holy Night', definitely suffers from this.
Not only are verses after the first nowhere near as beautiful, they don't
even have the same feel to them.

Note: The proper punctuation of the title is 'God Rest Ye Merry, Gentleman'.
'God Rest Ye Merry' was a old greeting, 'rest' being used in the sense of
'keep'.

Links:

There's an interesting piece of historical background to the song at
http://christmas.readersdigest.com/kind_christmas/god_rest_ye.html

Here's an mp3, in case you haven't heard it sung
http://artists.mp3s.com/artists/163/family_and_friends_christm.html
(Or go to mp3.com and take a look around - there are a bunch of them up
there)

-martin

52 comments: ( or Leave a comment )

John Edwards said...

Excellent blog.I really likes your blog.It can help any information.
psychic readings

Space Matters Real Estates said...

Hello There. I found your blog using msn. This is a really well written article. I’ll be sure to bookmark it and return to read more of your useful information. Thanks for the post. I will definitely return. Plots for sale in Hyderabad
Plots for sale in Banjara Hills
Plots for sale in Jubilee Hills
Plots for sale in Manikonda
Plots for sale in Madhapur
Plots for sale in kondapur
Plots for sale in Gachibowli
Plots for sale in Kukatpally

Herbal Khan said...

The bank card issuers provide some incentives to convince the customers to use the charge card. So if you desire to produce positive results, with limited collateral damage, then selecting the right company is often a vital first step. I was very happy that I discovered this website.

Obat Batuk Pilek Untuk Anak | Obat luka diabetes | Obat hepatitis anak | Obat tipes kronis | Obat jantung bocor| Obat luka bakar anak

Daniel Clark said...

The article posted was very informative and useful. You people are doing a great job. Bhutan Travel | CHILD EDUCATION LAW | Keep going.

Slimming Capsule said...

Thank you for your articles that you have shared with us. Hopefully you can give the article a good benefit to us.
Obat Pelangsing Tubuh
Obat Penambah Nafsu Makan Anak
Obat Kanker Hati Tradisional
Obat Miom

Selfie Groufie said...

Hepatsure Capsule is the product of a high quality heart care, contain natural herbal extracts. Can stabilize cell membranes of heart and liver cells, regulate the fatty liver, release of toxic substances in the liver, removing toxic substances and preventing fibrosis and cirrhosis of the liver. These products are safe, free of toxins and side effects.
Obat Perlemakan Hati

lina sexshop said...


kini kami akan bahas tentang kesehatan dan kecantikan perawatan tubuh maupun pengobatan secara alami :

Berikut : obat peninggi badan

Berikut : obat pembesar payudara

Berikut : cara merontokan bulu permanen

Berikut : obat pelangsing badan

Berikut : cara sehat alami

Berikut : cara mempercantik wajah dan tubuh

Berikut : obat penggemuk badan

Berikut : cara mengobati ejakulasi dini

Berikut : Obat penyubur seperma

Berikut : penis bendera

Berikut : Alat Pembesar Payudara

Berikut : Viagra

Berikut : perangsang wanita

Berikut : alat bantu sex pria

Berikut : alat bantu sex wanita

Berikut : boneka full body

Berikut : Cara memperbesar penis

Berikut : Oil pembesar penis

Berikut : Celana Hernia

Berikut : vimax original

Berikut : ciri vimax asli

Berikut : Obat Kuat Sex Pria

TERIMA KASIH

lina sexshop said...

Berikut kami akan membahas tentang bagai mana cara memperbesar penis dengan hasil cepat dan aman tanpa operasi

jika anda ingin memperbesar penis dengan hasil cepat,aman tanpa operasi itu mudah anda bisa pilih cara memperbesar penis dengan salah satu obat pembesar penis herbal seperti Neosize xl | obat Vimax | Vigrx Plus original

jika anda riskan konsumsi obat pembesar penis anda bisa pilih jalan lain seperti metode trapi ( pemakaian luar ) kami juga punya solusinya anda harus punya alat pembesar penis sejenis vacum penis atau Vimax Extender dan Pro Extender

Berikut penjelasan kami :

Apa Neosize Xl itu : Neosize Xl

Apa Vimax Asli itu : Vimax Asli Canada

Apa Vigrx Plus itu : Vigrx Plus

Apa Vacum Penis Itu : Vacum Penis

Apa Vimax Extender itu : Vimax Extender Asli

Apa Pro Extender itu : Pro Extender

Sekarang anda bisa tau rahasia cara memperbesar penis dengan aman tanpa operasi.selamat mencoba.

iklan gratis said...

I like this poem, thanks for sharing it.
pasang iklan gratis

Giska Masha said...

Hopefully not soon recover, visit my web :
Obat Sulit Bernafas
Obat Agar Awet Muda

Furry Raka said...

Give me sales more than 60 bottles of God.
Saya Punya Miom Apakah Bisa Hamil?

Lina Kesepian said...

thanks for the information, I wait for other information , greetings from us Obat pembesar penis

Eka Aryanti said...

Phlegm is mucous that comes out when coughing from the upper respiratory tract. In medicine, sputum samples are usually used for microbiological investigations of respiratory infections respiratory cytology and investigation system.
Obat Dahak Susah Keluar

Wilandita Rumaidha said...

Acne is a skin problem that is often experienced by most people and are usually marked by the appearance of spots in some parts of the body such as the face, back, and chest.
Obat Bebas Jerawat

Indra maulana ridwan said...

article nice and very pleasant to read. I like it very much. its a good job. I have health articles. as follows :obat tradisional mata minus dan mata plus cara memulihkan patah tulang might be useful obat benjolan di ketiak cara mengobati maag. The article is also great. or this one cara mengobati batuk cara mengatasi menopause dini obat benjolan dibelakang telinga. May I share articles, it may be useful to other people.

Obat Herbal said...

Seberat apapun beban masalah yang kamu hadapi saat ini, percayalah bahwa semua itu tidak pernah melebihi batas kemampuan kamu.

Riga Bass said...

thanks ... success always for you. I agree with your way of thinking. Thank you for sharing, apa efeknya jika Anda mengonsumsi obat raja singa tradisional dalam keadaan kelamin terinfeksi.. atau memiliki penyakit kelamin menular..

JinBasster said...

very nice what you say. said, polished and elegant very, very good. To view website you is very nice, definitely take the time to make a success like this.. Obat nyeri sendi

JinBasster said...

Hopefully this information can be useful for all, and makes the new science can develop everyone. You can also visit the health blog stomach acid in my yard. obat asam lambung naik

Suryan Rohan said...

thank for to information, thanks to your article. Thank you, I've recently been searching for information about this topic
for a while and yours is the greatest I have found out so far. berikut ini adalah artikel yang membahas tentang obat ejakulasi dini alami semoga bisa berguna dan dimanfaatkan dengan baik. Atas kekurangannya saya ucapkan mohon maaf, dan atas perhatiannya saya ucapkan terima kasih.. hee

Riga Bass said...

Thank you for sharing the information and I wait for further information . Thanks for the information very interesting I really liked all the writing you. I make sure your blog is becoming one of my favorite blogs to read. I will visit again. ini web saya :) obat paru paru. semoga dapat bermanfaat.

Post a Comment