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God rest ye, merry

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God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember Christ our Savior was born on Christmas Day. . .

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
Doth bring redeeming grace.
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy;
O tidings of comfort and joy!

From the 18th century London Carol, "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen", first published in the 19th century. The words have seen some variations. The gentlemen are addressed presumably because they, not the gentlewomen, are raucous.

“Fear not, then,” said the angel, “Let nothing you affright".

Merry Christmas to one and all, and to all a good night.

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