God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen is an English traditional Christmas carol. The melody is in the minor mode (played here in Am). It was published by
William B. Sandys in 1833, although the author is unknown. Like so many early Christmas songs, this carol was written as a direct reaction to the music of the fifteenth
century church, in Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas. However, in the as-yet earliest known publication of the carol on a circa 1760 broadsheet, it is described
as a "new Christmas carol," suggesting its origin is actually in the mid-18th century. It appeared again among "new carols for Christmas" in another
18th-century source, a chapbook believed to be printed between 1780-1800. It is referred to in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, in 1843.