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God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

from Lo, Above the Earth by Patrick Clifford



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...

In Bethlehem, in Israel, this blessèd babe was born,
And laid within a manger upon this blessèd morn,
To which His Mother Mary did nothing take in scorn:
O tidings of comfort and joy...

From God our heavenly Father a blessèd 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...

"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."
O tidings of comfort and joy...

The shepherds at those tidings rejoicèd much in mind,
And left their flocks a-feeding in tempest, storm and wind,
And went to Bethlehem straightway, this blessèd Babe to find:
O tidings of comfort and joy...

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 down, unto the Lord did pray:
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 others doth efface:
O tidings of comfort and joy...


from Lo, Above the Earth, track released December 1, 2010
Produced and performed by Patrick Clifford.

Photo source: www.flickr.com/photos/paparutzi/2132772766/


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Patrick Clifford New York, New York

Patrick Clifford is an Irish-American musician, songwriter, and producer.

He performs and records Irish traditional standards; skillfully crafted original songs and compositions; and discerning covers of contemporary Irish and American songwriters such as Pete St. John, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen.

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