323. The first Nowell the angel did say

1 The first Nowell the angel did say
was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;
in fields where they lay a-keeping their sheep
on a cold winter's night that was so deep:
[Refrain:]
Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell,
born is the King of Israel.

2 They lookèd 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 reverently 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 heavenly Lord;
that hath made heaven and earth of naught,
and with his blood mankind hath bought. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: The first Nowell the angel did say
Refrain First Line: Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell
Meter: Irregular
Language: English
Publication Date: 2005
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: Life in Christ: Christ Incarnate - Christmas and Epiphany; Christian Year: Season of Epiphany
Source: English traditional carol
Tune Information
Name: THE FIRST NOWELL
Harmonizer: David Evans (1874-1948)
Meter: Irregular
Key: D Major



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