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The Burts in 2013

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas Carol Lyrics

Everybody has a favorite Christmas carol. The one they look forward to hearing and/or singing every December. Mine has got to be "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen". Now before you think that sounds a little strange, just read through the lyrics of verse one:

"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 power
when we were gone astray.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy!
O tidings of comfort and joy!"
This is the version I like the best - an early version from the 1760's is slightly different and it's wording undergoes some variation if you are singing it in the UK; whichever version one might prefer, the powerful truth contained in these lyrics is undeniable.

Here are the rest of less well known lyrics:

"In Bethlehem, in Israel
this blessed Babe was born.
And laid within a manger
upon this blessed morn.
To 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.

"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 power 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 straigt'way
this blessed Babe to find.

And when they came to Bethlehem
where our dear Savior 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;
this holy tide of Christmas
all others doth deface.

God bless the ruler of this house
and send him long to reign.
And many a merry Christmas
may he live to see again;
Among your friends and kindred
that live both near and far -

That God send you a happy new year,
happy new year.
And God send you a happy new year."

Before you continue with all you have to do these last few days before Christmas, why not take a few moments and reflect upon the lyrics of your favorite Christmas carol. I take great comfort in remembering that nothing ought to dismay me ~ Christ my Savior was born on Christmas day to save me from Satan's power when I was gone astray. I give to you these tidings that you might grab ahold of God's comfort and joy which He so freely offers to you this Christmas.

God send you a happy new year!

Day 63 done :)

Jan L. Burt

PS ~ Don't forget my book "The Homeschooling Mothers Bible Study" is available now through the end of January for $10 (shipping included). Leave a comment to one of my posts if you'd like to purchase a copy.

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