Christmas Genre: God Rest Ye Gentlemen

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One of the more popular Christmas carols in modern times is God Rest Ye Gentlemen. It is popular because it can be performed with or without carolers and in any style, for example with keyboard, with acapella or even as a solo with an orchestra in the background.  The origin of the song dates back to the 17th Century in England. It started with an annonymous script that originated in the House of Warwickshire. The earliest print form of the song was introduced in a magazine entitled the Monthly Review in November 1764.  The melody that we all have been familiar to was the one based on the works by William Hone. He published the work in 1820 and features the music written in minor tone. Unlike other musical works written in minor tone, this one featured a parody, which was later mentioned in an article in the March 1824 issue of The Gentleman’s Magazine, which  mentioned that, in London, no Christmas carols are heard “excepting some croaking ballad-singer bawling out ‘God rest you, merry gentlemen,’ or a like doggerel”. Hone’s version was later modified by Chappell in 1855. Its lyrics can be found at the end of this article.

The song has been referenced numerous times, including Charles Dickens‘ The Christmas Carol (1843) and in a novel by George Eliot titled Silas Marner (1861). Yet even more so was the song been modified using several variations, from choral music to acapella, organ to orchestra. Yet we are presenting three of them for you to listen to, beginning with the traditional form:

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A more modern version of the song was produced by the accapela group Pentatonix in 2016, which presents a livelier version, light-hearted and one that can literally get someone into that special holiday feeling:

And lastly, the non-vocal version of the song can be found in modern form through the Mannheim Steamrollers. Produced in 1984, this version is still one of the most popular songs played to this day.

In any case, these songs have one common variable and that is they can be produced in any creative way possible. All one needs are the lyrics, some bright minds, a sense of humor and away we go. Enjoy this song for the holidays and be safe out there.

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The lyrics of the song:

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 pow’r
When we were gone astray
Oh tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
Oh tidings of comfort and joy

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 pow’r
When we were gone astray
Oh tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
Oh 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
Oh tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
Oh 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 pow’r and might
Oh tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
Oh tidings of comfort and joy

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 pow’r
When we were gone astray
Oh tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
Oh tidings of comfort and joy

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