First Noel♪

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The First Noel….according to Wikipedia…is a traditional classical English carol, most likely from the 18th century, although possibly earlier. The word Noel comes from the French word Noël meaning Christmas, from the Latin word natalis which translates as birthday”.

Furthermore…In 1823, William B. Sandys (1792-1874), and Davies Gilbert (1767-1839) edited and added lyrics to create the version we sing today. The origin of the current melody is uncertain.

May the Holy spirit be a guide to you this holiday season!


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The First Noel

Noel! Noel! Noel! Noel!
Born is the King of Israel!

The first ‘Noel!’ the angels 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.

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.

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.

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.

Then did they know assuredly
Within that house the King did lie;
One entered in then for to see,
And found the Babe in poverty.

Then entered in those wise men three,
Full rev’rently upon their knee,
And offered there, in his presence,
Both gold and myrrh, and frankincense.

Between an ox-stall and an ass
This Child there truly borned was;
For want of clothing they did him lay
All in the manger, among the hay.

Then let us all with one accord
Sing praises to our heavenly Lord
That hath made heaven and earth of nought,
And with His blood mankind hath bought.

If we in our time shall do well
We shall be free from death and hell,
For God hath prepared for us all
A resting-place in general. 

10 Responses

  1. I love the traditional Christmas carols!

  2. Perfect choice for F ~ and the season and very informative and joyful ~ Happy New Year to you ~ carol, xxx

  3. I love that carol! I sang the whole song in good voice and with my Christmas cheer still flowing! Thank you!

  4. how interesting! I love how language evolves –
    also think it’s so neat, where words come from! {:-Deb

  5. This is one of my favourite carols

  6. What a great pick for Jenny’s Alphabe-Thursday — and just perfect for this time of the year!

    If you want to read about Disney’s Frozen, hop over to my blog. Frozen is my F this week. 🙂

    Greetings from Germany,

  7. Laurie,
    Thanks for sharing Noel with us; I learned something new today. It is one of my favorite Christmas carols.

    Happy New Year and best to you in 2014.

  8. a lovely star.
    The First Noel is a costum we still don´t have.

    Happy New Year!

  9. One of my favorites! Lovely photo.

  10. I am familiar with the “First Noel” but I never knew these fascinating facts…

    Fabulous post for the letter “F”!

    Thanks for linking.


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