12/17/20 - NNHS Newsletter
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
I think we could all use a boost of cheer about now, and what a happy sounding carol this is (which is really rather strange, as it's written in a minor mode, but it is what it is)!
BONUS #1 - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Kings College Cambridge, 2008
BONUS #2 - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - The Choirs of Bath and Winchester Cathedrals
BONUS #3 - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Callie and Colette
BONUS #4 - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Barenaked Ladies
BONUS #5 - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Loreena McKennit (Oh, looky - a pomegranate!)
BONUS #6 - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Jars of Clay
BONUS #7 - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Annie Lennox
|God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen is an English
Christmas carol. It is in the
Roxburghe Collection (iii. 452), and is listed as no. 394 in the
Roud Folk Song Index. It is also known as Tidings of Comfort
and Joy, and by variant
as Come All You Worthy Gentlemen;
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen; God Rest Ye, Merry Christians;
or God Rest You Merry People All.
It is one of the oldest extant carols, dated to the 16th century or earlier. The earliest known printed edition of the carol is in a broadsheet dated to c. 1760. The traditional English melody is in the minor mode; the earliest printed edition of the melody appears to be in a parody, in the 1829 Facetiae of William Hone. It had been traditional and associated with the carol since at least the mid-18th century, when it was recorded by James Nares under the title "The old Christmas Carol".
The carol is referred to in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, 1843: "... 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, leaving the keyhole to the fog and even more congenial frost."
The first recorded version is found in Three New Christmas Carols, dated c. 1760. Its first verse reads:
The transitive use of the verb rest in the sense "to keep, cause to continue to remain" is typical of 16th to 17th century language (the phrase rest you merry is recorded in the 1540s). Etymonline.com notes that the first line "often is mis-punctuated" as "God rest you, merry gentlemen" because in contemporary language, rest has lost its use "with a predicate adjective following and qualifying the object" (Century Dictionary). This is the case already in the 1775 variant, and is also reflected by Dicken's replacement of the verb rest by bless in his 1843 quote of the incipit as "God bless you, merry gentlemen". The adjective merry in Early Modern English had a wider sense of "pleasant; bountiful, prosperous". Some variants give the pronoun in the first line as ye instead of you, in a pseudo-archaism.
A variant text was printed in 1775 in The Beauties of the Magazines, and Other Periodical Works, Selected for a Series of Years. This text was reproduced from the song-sheet bought from a caroller in the street. This version is shown here alongside the version reported by W. B. Sandys (1833) and the version adopted by Carols for Choirs, (OUP, 1961) which has become the de facto baseline reference in the UK.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Norma Helmick Burks ('63) AND Tom Oxner ('65) of AR!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to James Strickland ('57)!
19 - Durwood Adams ('57) AND the late Suzie Bauz ('63) (d. 11/03/14);
20 - Ellen Carney Manson ('63) of SC;
21 - Ray Stinnette ('63) of VA;
22 - Kitty Norman Haskins ('57) of VA AND the late Elliott Schlosser ('63) (d. 05/27/20) AND Dottie Pegram Daniels (NNHS / George Washington HS - '64) of WV AND Harry Barritt ('64) of VA AND Dale Mueller ('64) of VA AND Bill Rash ('67) of VA;
23 - Tom Flax ('64) of VA AND Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA AND Holly Hill Campbell (Hampton Roads Academy - '72) of VA;
24 - James Gay ('57) AND Ann W. Hutcheson ('57) AND Malcolm Davis ('65) of VA AND Sandye Jordan Frost ('67) of NC!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
|December 17, 920 - Romanos I Lekapenos was crowned co-emperor of the underage Constantine VII.|
|December 17, 1939 - Battle of the River Plate – The Admiral Graf Spee was scuttled by Captain Hans Langsdorff outside Montevideo.|
From Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 12/16/10 - "December 17, 1944":
|On the night of
December 17, 1944, Pier 8, one of the largest covered piers on the
Newport News waterfront caught fire and burned uncontrollably throughout
the night; lighting up the sky for miles. A stiff breeze fanned the
flames, and wind-borne sparks endangered nearby structures and piers, as
well as private property outside the port area's security boundaries.
Telephone calls from frightened citizens flooded the local newspaper
office, but, incredibly, for twelve hours the military denied that there
even was a fire!
The local fire
department was allowed to enter the security perimeter to assist, but
reporters and photographers were turned away at the gate. A resourceful
Daily Press photographer went to the
Warwick Hotel, the tallest and nearest public vantage point that
overlooked the port area. Photos were taken and included in the next
morning’s edition of the Daily Press, along with information gleaned
from civilian dockworkers and firefighters.
YOWZERONI-WOWZERONI! Thank you again so very much for sharing this exciting story with us, Bill!
THIS DAY IN 1970:
|December 17, 1970 - Polish protests: In Gdynia, soldiers fired at workers emerging from trains, killing dozens.|
From My Friend, Daniel, of UT - 12/15/14:
|“He came into the
world . . . clothed with double power---power to die, which He derived
from His mother; and power to resist death, if He had so willed it,
which He had inherited from His Father. Thus He had power both to live
forever and also power to pass through the ordeal of death, that He
might suffer it for all men, and come forth out of the grave to a
newness of life-a resurrected being, to be clothed with immortality and
eternal life, that all men might come forth out of the grave unto life
Thanks so much, Daniel!
From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 12/17/17:
|Thank you, Joan!|
From Jimmy Dick ('65) of FL - 12/16/20, 1:16 PM - "The Annual Night of Lights at St. Augustine. A Christmas tradition.":
Merry Christmas to you and yours!
From Jimmy Hines ('64) of VA - 12/16/20, 3:56 PM:
If you keep Christmas Spirit alive in your heart you will be the
happiest person on Earth! Won't that be wonderful?
|INDEED! Thank you, Santa Jim! Merry Christmas!|
From Bill Hobbs ('66) of Northern VA - 12/12/20, 11:09 AM - "Interesting OLD Photos":
Thank you so much, Billy!
few of these images are familiar, but all are fascinating. I especially
appreciate how the author went back and corrected the texts from time to
Merry Christmas to you and yours!
you're gonna be two-faced at least make one of them pretty.”
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 12/11/20, 9:56 AM - "Wishing You & Yours A Wonderful Christmas!" (#6 in a Series of 7):
|OOH! Thank you, Shari!|
Donna Collinsworth's Two Little Penguins
BONUS CHRISTMAS RECIPES:
From Me ('65) of NC - 12/16/12:
Chocolate Éclair Cake
box graham crackers
2 (3-oz.) pkgs. instant French Vanilla pudding
9-oz. Cool Whip
3 cups milk
Butter a 9"x13" pan. Line bottom of pan with graham crackers. Mix milk and pudding together, then fold in whipped topping. Spread half of filling on crackers, add another layer of crackers, then the rest of the filling mixture. Top with a layer of crackers
Chocolate Topping - OUTSTANDING!
1/3 cup cocoa
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 (1/2 stick) butter (NO margarine!)
1 tsp. vanilla
Pour over cake. Chill.
Mr. Food's Gingersnap Streusel Pumpkin Pie- "The secret ingredients to this sweet, golden creation are the honey-roasted almonds and the cinnamon. That's all we're saying, though, because we don't wanna give the warm taste away too much. We promise you'll enjoy!" Mr. Food's Christmas Crunch Cake - "Your holiday gathering will be extra special and extra easy, when you start with a store-bought cake and fancy it up with your own homemade frosting and garnishes. Our Christmas Crunch Cake will do you proud!"
From www.ajokeaday.com - 12/16/16:
|Eighty-year-old Bessie burst into the recreation room of the
She held her clenched fist in the air and announced, "Anyone who can guess what's in my hand can take me out to dinner tonight!"
A witty elderly gentleman in the rear shouted out, "An elephant?"
Bessie thought a minute and replied, "Close enough!"
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 06/20/20
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol