The First Noel / Nowell

Melody - English Carol, 1833

English carol

The first Nowell, 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.
Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell,
Born is the King of Israel.

2. For all to see there was 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
The wise men came from country far,
To seek for a king was their intent,
And to follow the star wherever it went.

4. This star drew nigh unto the Northwest,
O’er Bethlehem it took its rest.
And there it did both stop and stay,
Right over the place where Jesus lay.

5. Then entered in those wise men three,
Full reverently upon their knee;
And offered there in his presence,
Their gold and myrrh and frankincense.

6. Then let us all with one accord,
Sing praises to our heavenly Lord.
Who hath made heav'n and earth of naught,
And with His blood mankind hath bought.

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