245. The First Noel

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 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)

Text Information
First Line: The first Noel the angel did say
Title: The First Noel
Publication Date: 1989
Meter: Irr. with Refrain
Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12; Luke 2:8-14
Topic: Christ's Gracious Life: Birth and Baptism; Christian Year: Christmas; Christian Year: Epiphany
Source: Traditional English carol
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Noel, Noel
Tune Information
Name: THE FIRST NOEL
Meter: Irr. with Refrain
Key: D Major
Source: Traditional English carol; harm. from Christmas Carols New and Old, 1871



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