The First Noel



The First Noel is one of the oldest Christmas folk songs going back to at least the 1600's. Probably written by an illiterate man with limited knowledge of the Bible, simply because most people in those days did not receive a formal education and Bibles were not in print for the common folk.

We cannot be sure who wrote it, but both France and England claim it as part of their heritage. The spelling of the word "Noel" would indicate it to be French, however, England claims the original spelling was the English version "Nowell". Whatever the spelling, NOEL means the same thing - it's a joyful proclamation of the birth of Christ!

The singing of "The First Noel" and the lighting of the yule log became tradition among the peasants in England and was passed down from generation to generation. It was not until 1833 that it was published and soon after was sung in Church services.

Would you like to learn more about the fascinating history of this and other Christmas carols? Then I highly recommend reading "The Stories Behind the Best Loved Songs of Christmas" by Ace Collins.

The First Noel is now one of many beloved Christian Christmas songs that excitely announce the birth of Jesus Christ!

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.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
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.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
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 wherever it went.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

This star drew nigh to the northwest
O'er Bethlehem it took its rest
And there it did both Pause and stay
Right o'er the place where Jesus lay.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

Then entered in those Wise men three
Full reverently upon their knee
And offered there in His presence
Their gold and myrrh and frankincense.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

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 has bought.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

The First Noel




John singing Christmas carols at Christmas Eve candelight service.


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