245. The First Noel

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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.

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
Meter: Irr. with Refrain
Key: D Major
Source: Traditional English carol; harm. from Christmas Carols New and Old, 1871

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