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An Irish Christmas God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Credits: Traditional; arranged by Moya Brennan, Fionán deBarra & Anthony Drennan
Appears On: An Irish Christmas (U.K. Release); An Irish Christmas (U.S. Release)
Language: English
Other Versions: "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" on Loreena McKennitt's album A Winter Garden


God rest ye merry, gentlemen, let nothing you dismay
Remember Christ, our Savior, was born on Christmas day
To save our souls from Satan's power when we had gone astray

Chorus (after each verse):
Oh tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
Oh 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

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

Now when they came to Bethlehem whereat the Infant lay
They found Him in a manger where oxen fed 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 brotherhood each other now embrace
This holy tide of Christmas all others doth deface