56. 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 reverently 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 heavenly Lord;
That hath made Heaven and earth of naught,
And with His blood our life hath bought. (Refrain)

Text Information
First Line: The first Nowell the angel did say
Title: The First Nowell
Meter: Irregular with refrain
Scripture: Matthew 2:1-11; Luke 2:4-15
Source: English carol, 17th century
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Nowell, nowell
Tune Information
Name: THE FIRST NOWELL
Arranger: Healy Willan (1926)
Meter: Irregular with refrain
Source: English carol; Sandys' Christmas Carols, 1833
Copyright: Alt. refrain used by permission of Oxford University Press, Inc.



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