The First Nowell. Alternate Title: For Christmas Day In The Morning. Alternate Titles: The First Noel, The First Nowel. Also described as A Carol For The Epiphany. THE FIRST NOEL. There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the. Sing along to THE FIRST NOEL song with our music, lyrics and video. The First Noel is unknown in origin but is generally thought to be English dating back to.
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Then did they know assuredly Within that house the King did lie; One entered in then the first nowell 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 the first nowell borned was; For want of clothing they did him lay All in the manger, among the hay. Refrain Then let us all with one accord Sing the first nowell to our heavenly Lord; That hath made Heaven and earth of naught, And with His blood mankind hath bought.
Refrain 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.
Today, it is usually performed in a four-part hymn arrangement by the English composer John Stainerfirst published in his Carols, New the first nowell Old in The melody is unusual among English folk melodies in the first nowell it consists of one musical phrase repeated twice, followed by a refrain which is a variation on that phrase.
All three phrases end on the third of the scale. It is thought to be a version of an earlier melody sung in a church gallery setting; a conjectural reconstruction of this earlier version can be found in the New Oxford Book of Carols.
The First Noel Lyrics
The first Nowell the angels did say Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay; In fields where they lay, the first nowell their sheep, On a cold winter's night that was so deep: The first and sixth stanzas should be sung by the entire assembly, but the choir and the men and women of the assembly could each sing one or two of the intervening stanzas.
Though this popular carol is often used for Christmas, its narrative is better suited to Epiphany. It makes a the first nowell choice for an Epiphany processional, or it could be used as a prelude in the absence of a processional.