123. 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.

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 the Angel Did Say
Refrain First Line: Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Meter: Irregular with Refrain
Language: English
Publication Date: 1999
Topic: Epiphany
Source: Traditional English Carol
Tune Information
Harmonizer: John Stainer (1871)
Meter: Irregular with Refrain
Key: D Major
Source: Traditional English carol

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