118. 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 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
Meter: Irregular Ref.
Publication Date: 1985
Topic: Jesus Christ: Birth
Source: Traditional English carol, c. 1823
Tune Information
Meter: Irregular Ref.
Incipit: 32123 45671 76567
Key: C Major
Source: Wm. Sandy's Christmas Carols, 1833

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