162. The First Noel, the Angel Did Say

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.

[Refrain:]
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 daya 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,
who hath made heaven and earth of naught,
and with his blood our life hath bought. (Refrain)

Text Information
First Line: The first Noel, the angel did say
Title: The First Noel, the Angel Did Say
Meter: Irregular
Scripture: Acts 20:28; Matthew 1:18; Matthew 2:1-12; Luke 2:8-14
Source: Traditional English carol
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: THE FIRST NOEL
Arranger: John Stainer (1871)
Meter: Irregular
Key: D Major
Source: W. Sandys' Christmas Carols, 1833



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