God rest ye merry, gentlemen, let nothing you dismayO tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy!
For Jesus Christ our Saviour was born on Christmas Day
To save us all from Satan’s pow’r when we were gone a-stray
O tidings of comfort and joy
In Bethlehem, in Judah, this holy Babe was born
They laid him in a manger on this most happy morn
At which His Mother Mary did neither fear nor scorn
From God our Heavenly Father a holy Angel came;“Fear not then,” said the Angel, “Let nothing cause you fright,
The Shepherds saw the glory and heard the voice proclaim
That Christ was born in Bethlehem and Jesus is His Name.
To you is born a Saviour in David’s town tonight
To free all those who trust in Him from Satan’s power and might.”
The shepherds at these tidings rejoiced in heart and mind,And to Bethlehem they came where Christ the Infant lay,
And on the darkened hillside they left their flocks behind
And went to Bethlehem straightway the Holy Child to find.
They found Him in a manger, where oxen feed on hay;
And there beside her newborn Child, his mother knelt to pray. Now to the Lord sing praises, all people in this place,
With Christian love and fellowship each other now embrace;
And let this Christmas festival all bitterness displace.