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The First Nowell

The First Nowell from our Christmas Collection No. 1:

The First Nowell Sheet Music
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The First Nowell lyrics
  • 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!

  • 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:
  • Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell,
  • Born is the King of Israel!

  • 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 wheresoever it went:
  • Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell,
  • Born is the King of Israel!

  • This star drew nigh tothe northwest;
  • O'er Bethlehem it took its rest,
  • And there it did both stop and stay
  • Right over the place where Jesus lay:
  • Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell,
  • Born is the King of Israel!

  • 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:
  • Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell,
  • Born is the King of Israel!

  • Then entered in those Wise Men three,
  • Fell reverently upon their knee,
  • And offered there in His presence
  • Both gold and myrrh and frankincense:
  • Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell,
  • Born is the King of Israel!

  • Between an ox-stall and an ass
  • This Child truly there born He was;
  • For want of clothing they did Him lay
  • All in the manger, among the hay:
  • Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell,
  • Born is the King of Israel!

  • Then let us all with one accord
  • Sing praises to our heavenly Lord,
  • That hath made heav'n and earth of naught,
  • And with His blood mankind hath bought:
  • Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell,
  • Born is the King of Israel!

  • 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:
  • Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell,
  • Born is the King of Israel!


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