276. The First Nowell

1 The first Nowell 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:
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 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,
Who made the heaven's and earth of naught,
And with his blood our life has bought. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: The first Nowell the angel did say
Title: The First Nowell
Publication Date: 2012
Meter: Irregular with refrain
Scripture: ;
Topic: Christmas Season; Epiphany of the Lord
Source: English carol, 17th C.
Refrain First Line: Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell!
Tune Information
Name: THE FIRST NOWELL
Meter: Irregular with refrain
Key: D Major
Source: English carol; harm. from Christmas Carols New and Old, 1871



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