Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Blog Caroling

I've decided to go Blog Caroling. From the comfort of my blog, with Hot Toddy in hand, my flannel jammies and furry slippers on, I will blog my favorite Christmas Carol - God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen.

O.K. my fellow GeneaBloggers, let's start a new Christmas tradition, I challenge you to blog your favorite Christmas Carol - Blog Caroling. We'll all sing along!


footnoteMaven - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay

Remember, Christ, our Saviour

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



In Bethlehem, in Israel,

This blessed Babe was born

And laid within a manger

Upon this blessed morn

The which His Mother Mary

Did nothing take in scorn

O tidings of comfort and joy,

Comfort and joy

O tidings of comfort and joy



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.

O tidings of comfort and joy,

Comfort and joy

O tidings of comfort and joy



"Fear not then," said the Angel,
"Let nothing you affright,

This day is born a Saviour

Of a pure Virgin bright,

To free all those who trust in Him

From Satan's power and might."

O tidings of comfort and joy,

Comfort and joy

O tidings of comfort and joy



The shepherds at those tidings

Rejoiced much in mind,

And left their flocks a-feeding

In tempest, storm and wind:

And went to Bethlehem straightway

The Son of God to find.

O tidings of comfort and joy,

Comfort and joy

O tidings of comfort and joy



And when they came to Bethlehem

Where our dear Saviour lay,

They found Him in a manger,

Where oxen feed on hay;

His Mother Mary kneeling down,

Unto the Lord did pray.

O tidings of comfort and joy,

Comfort and joy

O tidings of comfort and joy



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 other doth deface.

O tidings of comfort and joy,

Comfort and joy

O tidings of comfort and joy



God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen was first published in 1833 when it appeared in "Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern," a collection of seasonal carols gathered by William B. Sandys. The lyrics of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen are traditional olde English and are reputed to date back to the 15th century although the author is unknown. It is believed that this particular carol was sung to the gentry by town watchmen who earned additional money during the Christmas season. The tradition of carol singing in towns and villages still lives on to this day and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen continues to be enjoyed. The lyrics to this simple carol are reputed to be one of the oldest carols. History courtesy ofCarols.org.

I'm feeling so much better. Ho, Ho Ho!

9 Comments:

Blogger Bill West said...

ok, ftm!
I did a rendition of "I Saw Three Ships" over on my blog.

I wonder who will pick what carols next?

December 12, 2007 at 10:54 PM  
Blogger Chery said...

Me too; me too! Nat King Cole is "roasting" over at Nordic Blue.

December 13, 2007 at 9:48 AM  
Blogger Lori Thornton said...

I did "O Come, All Ye Faithful" at http://familyhistorian.blogspot.com/2007/12/blog-caroling.html.

December 13, 2007 at 11:57 AM  
Blogger Becky said...

Do You Hear What I Hear?

December 13, 2007 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger Randy Seaver said...

I chose "Angels We Have Heard on High" at http://randysmusings.blogspot.com/2007/12/blog-caroling-angels-we-have-heard-on.html

Randy

December 13, 2007 at 1:08 PM  
Blogger Semiquaver said...

I will be playing Christmas carols tomorrow, does that count?

December 14, 2007 at 7:26 AM  
Blogger Jessica's thoughts said...

Hello footnoteMaven,

I have also posted on my favorite carol. You can find it here:
http://jessicagenejournal.blogspot.com/2007/12/carol-of-blogs.html

Thanks,

Jessica

December 14, 2007 at 7:21 PM  
Blogger Apple said...

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town!

December 16, 2007 at 4:15 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

Dagnabbit! I missed the caroling!

Sorry, fM!

I would have been good at this one too. I know A LOT of carols, and I sing really well on paper.

January 2, 2008 at 4:42 AM  

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