87. 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.

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 rev'rently 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 heav'nly Lord,
That hath made heav'n and earth of naught,
And with His blood mankind hath bought. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: The first noel the angel did say
Title: The First Noel
Refrain First Line: Noel, noel!
Language: English
Publication Date: 2001
Topic: Christmas
Source: English carol, before 1823
Tune Information
Name: [The first noel the angel did say]
Key: D Major
Source: English melody; Sandys' Christmas Carols, 1833

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