265. The First Noel

1 The first Noel, the angel did say
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep,
On a cold winter’s night that was so deep.

Refrain:
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.

2 They looked up and saw a star
Shining in the east, beyond them far,
And to the earth it gave great light,
And so it continued both day and night. [Refrain]

3 And by the light of that same star
Three Wise Men came from country far;
To seek for a King was their intent,
And to follow the star wherever it went. [Refrain]

4 This star drew nigh to the northwest,
O’er Bethlehem it took its rest,
And there it did both stop and stay,
Right over the place where Jesus lay. [Refrain]

5 Then entered in those Wise Men three,
Full rev'rently upon their knee,
And offered there in His presence
Their gold, and myrrh, and frankincense. [Refrain]

6 Then let us all with one accord
Sing praises to our heav'nly Lord,
That hath made heav'n and earth of naught,
And with His blood mankind hath bought. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: The first Noel, the angel did say
Title: The First Noel
Meter: Irregular meter
Language: English
Publication Date: 1997
Topic: Christ: Birth
Source: Traditional English carol
Tune Information
Name: THE FIRST NOEL
Arranger: John Stainer
Meter: Irregular meter
Key: D Major
Source: W. Sandys' Christmas Carols, 1833



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