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God rest you merry, gentlemen

composer
Traditional London tune
arranger
author of text
Traditional

 
God Rest You Merry Gentlemen is a traditional English carol first published in its present form in 1833 by William B. Sandys, though its author is unknown. The earliest known publication of the carol appears on a rare 1760 broadsheet, where it is described as a 'new Christmas carol', suggesting its origin is actually from the mid-eighteenth century. It became famous after it was referred to in Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in 1843, when: ' …at the first sound of ‘God bless you, merry gentlemen! May nothing you dismay!’, Scrooge seized the ruler with such energy of action that the singer fled in terror …'

from notes by Brendan Carroll © 2014

Recordings

100 Years of Nine Lessons & Carols
Studio Master: KGS0033-DDownload onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Christmas Star
CSCD503Download only
Favourite Carols from King's
Studio Master: KGS0007Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Joy to the World
CDH55161
Joy to the World
Studio Master: SIGCD268Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Nine Lessons & Carols
Studio Master: KGS0001Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
On Christmas night
SIGCD386Download only
The King's Singers Christmas Presence
Studio Master: SIGCD497Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 19 on CDH55161 [2'53]
Track 13 on CSCD503 [3'00] Download only
Track 12 on KGS0001 CD1 [3'33] Download only
Track 21 on KGS0007 [3'41] Download only
Track 4 on KGS0033-D CD1 [3'39] Download only
Track 15 on SIGCD268 [2'57] Download only
Track 10 on SIGCD386 [3'27] Download only
Track 13 on SIGCD497 [2'53] Download only

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