Skip to main content

Why God Rest You/Ye Merry Gentlemen?


This is rousing version of the traditional carol is, according to Mark Israel, one of thousands to get the words wrong.

God rest you merry, gentlemen" is correct, not "God rest ye merry gentlemen." The verb "rest" is used here in the way now most familiar from the phrase "rest assured" 

In earlier English it was used with a variety of other complements:  the OED has "rest thee merry" from 1400; " rest you well" from1420; "God rest you merry", "rest you fair", and "rest you happy", and "rest myself content" from Shakespeare; "rest thee tranquil" from Shelley, and "rest thee sure" from Tennyson.
Full article 

What is Frankinsense? And Myrrh

A Paul McCartney story about the young John Lennon's late night encounter with a Nativity scene inspired this fun Fred & Rita playscript.
Christmas Carol Teaching Pack
More Christmas-related posts

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Top 10 most quoted lines of poetry in English?

Mark Forsyth (The Inky Fool) has analysed Google Search query result data for lines of verse requested online. Here is the Top Ten:

Why is English not the official language of England?

58 countries list English as an official language - but not the UK. The world's lingua franca or second language is not, technically, the 'official' language of its birthplace. The de factoofficiallanguage of the United Kingdom is English,[3][4] which is spoken by approximately 59.8 million residents, or 98% of the population, over the age of three.[1][2][10][11][12] An estimated 700,000 people speak Welsh in the UK,[13] an official language in Wales

What is the origin of the word alphabet?