John Speller's Web Pages Field, God rest you, Chrysten gentil men

John Speller's Web Pages - Hymns & Carols of Eugene Field
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Eugene Field's version of "God rest ye, merry gentlemen;" in common with other Field texts he has attempted to write in a Middle English idiom. The question I was faced with was, Which of the several traditional or not-so-traditional tunes for "God rest ye" should be the one to which I set Field's text? He does not include the chorus, "O tidings of comfort and joy," which led me to believe he might have favored Lewis Redner's tune, popular in the USA in the late nineteenth century. Lewis Redner, who was organist of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, is best remembered for setting his Rector's text, "O little town of Bethlehem," to music, but in some ways I prefer his tune to "God rest ye."

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