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A Winter Garden God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Credits: Traditional; arranged by Loreena McKennitt
Appears On: A Winter Garden; A Midwinter Night's Dream
Language: English
Other Versions: "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" on Moya Brennan's album An Irish Christmas


God rest ye, merry gentlemen, let nothing you dismay
Remember Christ, our Savior, was born on Christmas Day
To save us all from Satan's powers when we were gone astray

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

"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 powers and might"

The shepherds at those tidings rejoiced much in mind
And left their flocks a-feeding in tempest, storm and wind
And went to Bethlehem straightaway this 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
The holy tide of Christmas all others doth deface