#91: The First Noel

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(Part of a series singing through the hymnbook I grew up with: Great Hymns of the Faith)

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.

REFRAIN

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

Noel, noel! Noel, noel!

Born is the King of Israel!

4

This star drew night 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

Noel, noel! Noel, noel!

Born is the King of Israel!

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

Noel, noel! Noel, noel!

Born is the King of Israel!

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

Noel, noel! Noel, noel!

Born is the King of Israel!

 

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