“God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen”, also known as “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen”, is a very popular English traditional Christmas carol.
The melody is in the minor mode. It was published by William B. Sandys in 1833, although the author is unknown. This carol was written as a direct reaction to the church music of the 15th century. However, in the earliest known publication of the carol, on a c. 1760 broadsheet, it is described as a “new Christmas carol”, suggesting its origin is actually in the mid-18th century.
It appeared again among “new carols for Christmas” in another 18th century source, a chapbook believed to be printed between 1780 and 1800.
You Merry, Gentlemen Christmas Carol Lyrics :
God rest you merry, Gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay,
For Jesus Christ our Savior
Was born upon Christmas Day.
To save poor souls from Satan’s power,
Which long time had gone astray.
Which brings tidings of comfort and joy.