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The First Noel the Angel Did Say

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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.

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 reverently upon the knee,
and offered there, in his presence,
their gold and myrrh and frankincense. [Refrain]

The United Methodist Hymnal, 1989

Author: Anonymous

In some hymnals, the editors noted that a hymn's author is unknown to them, and so this artificial "person" entry is used to reflect that fact. Obviously, the hymns attributed to "Author Unknown" "Unknown" or "Anonymous" could have been written by many people over a span of many centuries. Go to person page >


The first Noel the angel did say. [Christmas.] This is given in Davis Gilbert's Ancient Christmas Carols, 1823, No. ix.; in the Christmas Carols of W. Sandys, 1833, p. 74; Tozer's Catholic Hymns, 1898, and others. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)



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A Hymnal for Friends #160

A Hymnal for Friends #161

A School Service Book #d161

A Service Hymn Book #d140

A Treasury of Hymns, the Best-Loved Hymns, Carols ... #d237

A. M. E. C. Hymnal #94

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Ambassador Hymnal #33

American Church and Church School Hymnal #d292

American Church and Church School Hymnal #d290

American Junior Church School Hymnal #d159

American Student Hymnal #d300


Ancient and Modern #86

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #705

Armed Forces Hymnal. Catholic Supplement #d91

At Worship, a hymnal for young churchmen #d253

Australian Hymn Book #221

Baptist Hymnal 1956 #63

Baptist Hymnal 1975 #d415

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Baptist Hymnal 2008 #180

Camp Meeting Songs, a Collection of Gospel Songs ... #d130

Cantate Omnes ... with Supplement #d110

Carols of Christmas #6a

Catholic Book of Worship #d151


Catholic Book of Worship III #344

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Catholic Church Hymnal with Music #16

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Celebrating Grace Hymnal #124


Chalice Hymnal #151

Chapel Hymns and Services #d119

Chapel Service, Cadet Hymns and Songs #d82


Children's Hymnal #174

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Children's Praise #68

Christian Hymnways #d159

Christian Praise #d330

Christian Praise #d345

Christian Song #d322

Christian Worship and Praise #d411

Christian Worship, a Hymnal. Special ed. #d416

Christian Worship #197

Christian Youth Hymnal #15

Christmas Carols #d20

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Christmas Carols and Hymns #110

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Christmas Carols New and Old (First Series) #VI

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Christmas Carols New and Old #6

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Christmas Carols New and Old #6

Christmas Classics No. 13 #d12

Christmas Favorites #8

Christmas #d26

Church Family Worship #109

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #198

Church Hymnal, Fourth Edition #c23

Church Hymnal, Third Edition #c13

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Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #323

Church Service Hymns #d310


Common Praise (1998) #139

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #641

Complete Mission Praise #644

Divine Service Book for the Armed Forces #d208

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Elmhurst Hymnal #78

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Evangelical Lutheran Worship #300

Everybody's Hymn Book for Church and Home #d295

Family Album of Favorite Hymns #d94

Favorite Hymns #d126

Favorite Hymns for Children #d26

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Favorite Hymns of Praise #90

Fellowship Hymnal, with Worship Material and Services #d135

Foursquare Hymnal #d284

Free Will Baptist Hymn Book #d306

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Gather (3rd ed.) #460

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Gather Comprehensive #377

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Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #388

Gems of Christian Song #d41

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Glory to God #147

Gospel Hymnal #d316

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Gospel Melodies and Evangelistic Hymns #157

Great Hymns of the Faith #91

Heart and Voice #d248

Heart and Voice #d251


Hymnal 1982 #109

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Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church #77

Hymnal for American Sunday Schools #d129

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Hymnal for American Youth #77

Hymnal for Christian Worship #d260

Hymnal for Colleges and Schools #d294

Hymnal for Colleges and Schools. 3rd ed. #d293

Hymnal of Christian Unity #8

Hymnal of the Church of God #98

Hymnal, a Teacher's Manual. Vol. 1 #d107

Hymnal #199

Hymnbook for Christian Worship #117

Hymns and Psalms #119

Hymns and Songs for Church Schools #d176

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Hymns and Songs for the Sunday School #79

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Hymns and Tunes for Schools #76


Hymns for a Pilgrim People #108

Hymns for Children and Grownups to Use Together #d144


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