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GOD REST YE, MERRY GENTLEMEN
2.   From God that is our Father the blessed angels came, Unto some certain shepherds with tidings of the same, That there was born in Bethlehem the Son of God by name,
And it's tidings of comfort and joy.
3.  " Go, fear not," said God's angel, " let nothing you affright, For there's One born in Bethlehem, of a pure Virgin bright, One able to advance you, and throw down Satan quite,"
And it's tidings of comfort and joy.
4.  The shepherds at those tidings rejoiced much in mind, And left their flocks a-feeding in tempest storms of wind ; And straight they came to Bethlehem, the Son of God to find,
And it's tidings of comfort and joy.
5.   Now, when they came to Bethlehem, where our sweet Saviour lay, They found Him in a manger, where oxen fed on hay;
They blessed the Virgin, kneeling down, and to the Lord did pray, And it's tidings of comfort and joy.
6.  With sudden joy and gladness the shepherds were beguiled, To see the babe of Israel before His mother mild ;
O, then, with joy and cheerfulness, rejoice each mother's child, And it's tidings of comfort and joy.
7.  God bless the ruler of this house, and send him long to reign, And many a merry Christmas may live to see again, Among your friends and kindred, that live both far and near,
And God send you a happy New Year.
H. 4868.
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