The First Noel / Nowell

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Melody - English Carol, 1833
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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