377. 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 akeeping 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 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 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 the 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 with the Father we adore
And Spirit blest for evermore. (Refrain)

Text Information
First Line: The first Nowell, the angel did say
Title: The First Nowell
Meter: Irregular
Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12; Luke 2:1-10
Topic: Seasons and Feasts: Epiphany
Source: English Carol, 17th C.
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Nowell, Nowell
Tune Information
Name: THE FIRST NOWELL
Harmonizer: David Willcocks, b. 1919
Meter: Irregular
Key: D Major
Copyright: Harm. © 1961, Oxford University Press



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