Thursday, December 02, 2021

God rest ye merry Gentlemen

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I should think that some textual critics will enjoy this short musical interlude.

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  1. Fun.

    The Monthly Review 1764 p.395 has "God rest you, merry Gentlemen."

    And the earliest known printing--if 1760, as some claim--in a broadside, "Three New Christmas Carols" has
    "God rest on merry, Gentlemen."

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  2. Shouldn't it be God rest *you* merry in any event? "Ye" would be in the nominative case, which I suppose could just barely be made sense of as a vocative.

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